What is OCD?

You've most likely heard of it. However, most people don't actually know what it is. No worries! We’ll clear that up here.

OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder. But what does that mean? OCD is defined by the DSM-5 as a presence of:

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OCD is NOT:

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OCD is:

Why should I care?

Talking about or mentioning OCD as the reason for you being annoyed about something spreads an incorrect definition. This is bad for multiple reasons:

  • It trivializes the condition by making it seem less painful than it is, invalidating the experience for people suffering from it.
  • It makes it harder for people suffering to get diagnosed.
  • It's disrespectful for people with OCD.

What can I do?

  1. Avoid using the word OCD for things that have nothing to do with the actual condition. Here are some examples of phrases that should be avoided:

      I'm so OCD

      _ is triggering my OCD

      My OCD can't handle _

      _ is giving me an OCD attack

      I'm so OCD about _

  2. Stop spreading and endorsing jokes/memes about OCD. The vast majority of them are disrespectful to people suffering.

  3. Spread awareness instead! The next time you hear a joke or incorrect use, speak up and link them to this website or other excellent videos and articles.