3 January 2016 - 13:35
Hi I'm new to this website and this is my first post and I am currently waiting to under go CBT for OCD. What is really irritating me and I'm sure this affects plenty of other people with this condition, is the overwhelming ammount of people who don't actually know what obsessive compulsive disorder is. I don't know how many times I've heard the phrase "I'm a little OCD" thrown around by people who claim to be "perfectionists" or "neat freaks". It makes the condition sound like it's just a quirk rather than an actual disorder and it completely goes againt the definition of OCD. O standing for obsession which is the anxious intrusive thoughts, C being the compulsion which is done to sooth the anxiety and D which stands for disorder which doesn't need explaining. Of course if I tried to explain that to most people who don't understand the condition they either look surprised or come out with stupid comments like "that's not OCD", or "Isn't that (insert other mental disorder here)" or "you're just crazy". My friends were fairly understanding when I explained to them but there are plenty of people who are extremely ignorant who just won't listen. I'm sure that people would not say "I'm a bit bipolar" if they got angry often or "I'm a bit schizophrenic" for whatever reason because of course that would be offensive so why isn't the phrase "I'm a bit OCD" deemed offensive? It's a serious condition and I don't understand where these misconceptions came from or how we can combat them when they are so well accepted by most people and even the media.
I know some people say to just ignore it but it can be very upsetting to hear things like this and to know that people don't understand what you're going through and that if you tried to explain to many of them then they'd think you're just a freak, because they don't understand...how can we possibly combat this?