- persnickety (it’s a real word i promise)
basically there are loads of really cool words out there, (persnickety!!) so you don’t need to appropriate OCD for your own use if you don’t actually have it!
By far the worst part about having OCD is how often it can convince you, or come close to convincing you, that it truly is the Voice Of Reason. Especially when it absorbs the kind of widespread bullshit bigotry that society at large does consider to be “reasonable.”
i don’t have OCD per se (not diagnosed anyway) but yes this for my anxiety
- me: also like of the course the two things i have - adhd and ocd - are things people use lightly
- me: so if i say ___ is because of one of them
- me: people wlll go "oh yeah i know how that is lol same i'm a little [ocd/adhd] too"
- friend: oh, you have to take insulin? I know what that's like, I'm a little diabetic myself
- friend: oh, I know what you mean with that whole 'dying from ebola' because I menstruate
[Image: Two cartoon chickens. First chicken says, “I think I might be a hypochondriac.” Second chicken replies, “Or you might have a big brain tumour that makes you think you’re a hypochondriac!”]
story of my life.
Depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders, addictions, personality disorder and DID all exist. They are all serious. They are not just words that you can use to describe your emotions at random. “I’m so OCD” - really? “I’m totally bipolar” - really? You’re crippled by your own mind? Your mind functions in a way that you can’t control - can’t, oh, turn off when you decide you’re bored, that you’d rather do something else now, act a different way? Grow the hell up. Why don’t you talk to someone who has a genuine mental disorder; see if you can take the whole thing so lightheartedly then?
^THIS. I have depression and anxiety and someone in my immediate family has OCD. IT PISSES. ME. OFF when you use those terms so lightheartedly.
The fact that almost every post in the OCD tag is using the psychological term to mean “I’m a slightly anal person who likes to do things in a certain order/does not like to be unclean/is somewhat obsessed with the fandom I am a part of”.
Seriously, get your shit together. Do you have obsessive thoughts or compulsive rituals that distress you or impair your functioning? No? Then it’s highly fucking unlikely that you have OCD. Which is actual a real thing. Which some people suffer from.
[image description: text: yes, i have OCD. no, it isn’t just about being a “neat freak.”]
from @wonttakeitback: “… [people don’t realize that] when you have OCD, you might not even be neat (I’m so messy). There are a lot more symptoms [than being neat] and it is a lot harder than most people realize.”
I don’t have OCD but I’m very very close with someone who does. Amen to this.