I think OCD is a very misunderstood subject. From the word ‘I’m a little bit OCD’ being thrown around quite a lot, to stereotyping everyone with OCD into a certain category. Normally germs, contamination and cleaning. Now I know that 90% of the time when people use phrases associated with OCD in the wrong context it’s not meant in a mean or insulting way. Sometimes its just a lack of understanding or the fact that ‘I’m a little bit OCD’ is becoming more of a common phrase. However it still can cause annoyance with sufferers when people say ‘I’m so OCD!’ and we’re just sitting there like ‘You have no idea…’ So I thought that I would try and clear up some misconceptions!
- Numéro un: (Getting some French in there!) Everyone with OCD loves cleaning and tidying.
Now I don’t really know anyone regardless of whether they have OCD or not who loves cleaning and tidying. Just because we have OCD does’t necessarily mean we love cleaning and tidying with a passion. Most people who are effected with contamination OCD don’t ‘clean and tidy’. It is sometimes the fear of contracting germs from other people or the worry about the spreading of illness. There are many areas to contamination OCD, some involve ritualized cleaning but they only perform the ritual because they have endless intrusive thoughts that will not decrease until they complete compulsions associated with their fear. This is sometimes washing of the hands or other cleaning rituals, never just because they want to and enjoy it. I think some of the stigma towards this has come from Channel 4’s ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’ which caused outrage because of the negative and false portrayal of OCD.
- Numéro deux: ‘I’m so OCD’ ‘I’m a little OCD’
Okay, so I know this isn’t a rumor as such, but I want to talk about it. A lot of people just use the word ‘I’m so OCD’ on a daily basis for small things. For example ‘I always have to keep my revision notes neat. I’m so OCD.’ (Using the revision example to remind myself that I to need to revise!) It can make your anxiety spike in response and also it can just be a little bit frustrating because they don’t really know what it’s like to have OCD. I try not to let it bother me too much when people use that phrase, but it can still be a little frustrating! However recently in lesson I heard my teacher say that he would love to be a little bit OCD, and I was like ‘Whaaaaaatttttt!?!?!’ Who would like to have OCD regardless of how severe it was. I was quite shocked at someone saying that especially a teacher. I suppose we just need to raise more awareness even though loads of people are trying their hardest to right now. I mean I’m not sure if any of you heard about the ASDA mental patient Halloween costume that depicted mental patients as crazy zombies with meat cleavers last Wednesday. A huge debate was brought up about the matter, and a lot of people including myself were not happy about the stigmatizing view on mental patients. So luckily people stood up against it enough to have the costume removed from the website plus having ASDA pay a donation because of the outrage they caused. It just shows how much mental health stigma there is still about even now.
- Nombre trois: (Not sure why it’s different? Google translate!!) Someone with OCD can just stop if they want to.
False, false, false. Seriously if that was the case I would stop 100% I mean if that was true I’m pretty sure that literally no one would have OCD. It’s not a choice to have OCD and if we had the choice I’m sure that each and everyone would just stop, however its just not that easy. If OCD was a literal object I would seriously throw it so far until it could never ever be seen again. That’s how much I hate it and want to get rid of it. There’s not much to say on this rumor other than. We can’t.
I think that’s all I have to say on this topic! I have recently sent off my article for the OCDatschool website to be looked over. So I’m just waiting for a response now which it exciting!! Also I just want to say check out @hopeforanxiety’s blog it’s really good and worth a read! http://dreamstobeanxietyfree.wordpress.com/2013/09/ Also check out her twitter @hopeforanxiety https://twitter.com/hopeforanxiety she helps raise awareness for OCD and blogs about it! Anyway thank you for reading this, and I shall make a blog post with the official link to my article for the OCDatschool website hopefully if it gets approved and posted. Figures crossed!!