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The Stereotypes of OCD – April OCD Blog Hop

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Oh, the endless stereotypes of OCD. From the idea that we all love cleaning and our houses are spotless, to the idea that having OCD is just a quirky trait that some of us possess, sometimes differing in severity. These stereotypes are not helped by the constant use of the phrase “I’m so OCD” not only in normal day to day conversation, but on all types of social media as well.
I find that the true meaning and definition of OCD is often lost in a whirlwind on misconceptions and comments made by others. I mean, take Stephen Fry’s comment on OCD recently as an example. He, as an advocate in the mental health area, would surely know better than to publicly make a comment visible to over 8 million followers portraying OCD in a quirky, almost enjoyable fashion?
It does make me really happy though, that there are plenty of people out there trying to make a difference to the misconceptions of OCD. The more we educate, the less likely people are to make comments and judge on stereotypes that they have in their heads. I also think that more people would reach out for help, rather than them having their actions condemned and shamed, leading them to believe that what they’re experiencing is not serious and that they should just “put up with it.”
Change can happen. Hopefully this’ll be the generation that will see it really take shape…

Sorry if this turned into a slight rant!
Ellen x

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8 thoughts on “The Stereotypes of OCD – April OCD Blog Hop

  1. Reblogged this on Rise Like Air and commented:
    Yet another great reminder to watch what we say; be careful with our words. Say what we mean, and mean what we say. Like all creators, we need to use our power wisely. We make differences every single day. Let’s be conscious and make them count.

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  2. I have OCD too and I’m 16, I hate to have it . And this is the best thing I’ve ever seen, I mean why do people think all we do is cleaning?! It’s really annoying and I hate when people say “I have OCD” when theyre just perfectionists .. OCD Is actually hard! I really love your blog, it feel good to read this and know that I’m not alone to have it (although I’m aware that I’m not alone) but I’ve never found something good to read because a lot is about adults that have OCD ! Your blog is so inspiring 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, it’s so annoying when people create stereotypes. They really have no idea! I’m so glad you like my blog and are able to relate. It’s also really great to be able to interact with people of a similar age to me who also have OCD! Hope you’re doing well. 🙂

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