PATERSON – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder sufferers who were once compelled to count every footstep, can now count on Fitbit to do the counting for them, freeing up mental capacity for other obsessions.
OCD Fitbit user Kimberly Schmick said her obsession with sidewalk cracks is more focused now than ever before, thanks to Fitbit. “I used to spend all my energy just counting my steps,” Kimberly said. “Now I’m free to focus on spotting, avoiding and counting sidewalk cracks. I also like that my Fitbit is water-resistant,” she said. “I spend a lot of time washing my hands.”
The device keeps track of every movement in a rather obsessive fashion, and Kimberly never leaves home without it. “I put on my Fitbit exactly at 8am, right as I walk out the door,” she said. “Oh my god – did I lock the door???”
Fitbit also offers user community challenges like Daily Showdown, which allows Kimberly to obsessively compare herself to other Fitbit users. This helps her increase her perfectionist tendencies, while she obsesses over her skill level.
Kimberly’s mother said she appreciates how the Fitbit helps with safety. “I don’t want to end up in the hospital with a broken back,” said Kimberly’s mother. “If my daughter steps on a sidewalk crack, that might happen.”