Originally Posted by pappy97
They've never said Sheldon has OCD, but it's so obvious. Thus while everyone on the show minus Penny is a geek who she has a tough time relating to, it's extremely tough for her to relate to the geek with OCD.
I think there's a stronger argument for Asperger's Syndrome (there's an opening for a giant debate even mentioning AS) as a characterization. I wouldn't be shocked if somewhere in the treatments for the show, or whatever show bible they might have, if the writers didn't commit to it.
First clue: trains. It's a dead giveaway that at some point Sheldon's characterization was built out from literature regarding Asperger's, as opposed to OCD.
Second clue: desire for routine. Remember, OCD is more about ritual than routine. Some manifestations of OCD are downright illogical. Sheldon displays the AS tendency toward logical routine. He's willing to break routine, also, for the constructive purpose of showing others why his routine matters. Individuals displaying OCD don't engage in deconstruction of their activities -- they just get upset when the ritual is broken.
Third clue: hyperlexical speech and a propensity to be professorial about everything.
Fourth clue: completely blind to the emotions of others.
I could go on but, ya know, I'm not Sheldon. I swear.
Originally Posted by tighr
Yeah, but Sheldon takes it to an extreme that probably makes most AVSers cringe, because he's way more geeky than any of us could possibly ever be.
You know, I've had the fortune (misfortune?) to have worked with several excellent computer programmers, and consequently I find Sheldon believable as can be.
I mentioned a kid I worked with a while back. In all truth, Sheldon is that kid only with the less TV-ready aspects trimmed off -- better hygeine, no smoking, no swearing, eats occasionally, interacts with others on non-technical subjects, etc.
If you've ever met the type, Sheldon is perfect.