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OCD misunderstood

griff11 Member Posts: 109 Pioneering
As a parent of an adult child with OCD I understand how debilitating & misunderstood the condition is.  This is an example:


  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 212

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    Hi @griff11 thanks for raising this topic for discussion, I have a friend with OCD who feels the same. I wonder how much popular culture has shaped people's views on the condition, so that they associate it with one thing, like cleanliness, rather than understanding it more fully?
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  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,702 Disability Gamechanger
    There was a similar comment made on Michael McIntyre's 'Wheel' last weekend as well.  

    I must admit, I just give these comments an eye-roll as they're clearly not meant with any malice.  I see the same across forums and other online platforms too.  I do understand why some people with OCD get upset by them but I don't know how we can change an entire culture of ignorance against OCD...
  • griff11
    griff11 Member Posts: 109 Pioneering
    I did used to ignore too but my daughter is passionate about raising awareness so now I speak out.  Major retailers have withdrawn logo clothing , campaigns due to being made aware of the devastating impact of OCD.  In a strange way when the media gets hold of the inappropriateness it can educate more people about the condition.  So we need people speaking out.  I will private message via Facebook or Instagram companies and they have always responded positively to my polite request they reconsider the situation.  

  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 567 Pioneering
    Hi @griff11

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I agree with you that OCD is too commonly misunderstood and stereotyped. It is really great to hear you are being proactive about this though. The even better news is that people are responding to you appropriately!  :)
    I am a Scope volunteer. I have knowledge about the following subjects, gained through professional settings such as high level education or employment: autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, down's syndrome, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, assistive technology and education. Pronouns: She/her.


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