Everyday, we hear phrases like, “I’m so OCD!” or “Mind my OCD!” and we laugh about it because it’s funny to make fun ourselves and what is wrong with us (for some reason) but, the thing is, how many of us really know what it is like to have OCD?
Obsessive Complusive Disorder is a disorder that affects all ages. I’d like to focus on how an obsessions is an ‘unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease’- NHS. Therefore, if you like making sure that everything is ordered and nice to look at, you don’t have an obsession because that’s something you enjoy and an enjoyment you control; it doesn’t control you. Equally, a compulsion is defined ‘as repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.’
The fact that people with OCD are reluctant to seek help due to being embarrassed or ashamed rubs more salt in the wound- by using word like ‘OCD’ in everyday conversation are we ridiculing or discouraging those that actually have it? It’s overused. If we laugh about whatever habits we have, does it discourage those that actually have a genuine problem from talking about it?
Mental health isn’t something that should be a flippant remark- we need to be more mindful of what we’re saying.
I think that this Week of Action is the perfect opportunity for us to look at ourselves and realise that we have no idea and that most of us will never know what it is like to have to do something to a point where we put our entire live on hold. In this Week of Action, I call to action all of us to be more sensitive; mental health is not something to joke about especially when we don’t understand what we’re joking about, the reality of the lives of individuals that actually have this disorder. That’s my goal in the Week of Action and beyond.
Tell me what you think in the comments.