Obsessive Christmas Disorder: Bad or Not?

Obsessive Christmas Disorder

Target has this sweater with words written OCD, which stands for Obsessive Christmas Disorder. I don’t know how to respond to it. At first, I’m like why are you making fun of serious mental illness? Another part of me is like, this is petty. Does Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have claim over the abbreviation OCD? Last time I checked, there was no copyright over “O” “C” and “D” placed together. (If there is, just add a comment and a link justifying it.)

OCD Sweater Talk 1

People’s Opinions

I looked through my Facebook search bar about people’s opinions on the Target Christmas Sweater controversy. Many people seem to find the sweater controversy ridiculous and that the society’s political correctness is too much. Other comments, like the one shown above, see the debate warranted because it trivializes OCD to habits such as organizing and checking to make sure everything is in its place when the disorder itself is more than just that. I understand where this person is coming from because I too was taken aback when I saw the sweater.

Some of My Friends Don’t Believe I Have OCD

People see OCD as a stereotypical illness where things need to be in a particular place. Since I’m none of those things, I’ve had friends and family not believe me when I say I have OCD. They don’t understand like any other disorder; it runs on a spectrum. My OCD consists mainly of obsessions, which are just as deliberating as to the stereotypical compulsions.

OCD Sweather Talk 2

I understand where this person is coming from because it’s annoying when I mention to people that I have OCD, and they respond, “I have OCD too! I have to keep my house tidy.” In my mind, “I’m thinking, hun, you don’t have OCD, you have Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, which is completely different from OCD.” Now that there is a sweater that uses the abbreviation OCD as Obsessive Christmas Disorder, it adds fuel to the OCD stereotype.

OCD Sweater Talk 2

Others, such as this person, turn the controversy around. Instead of seeing the sweater as something offensive, this person is happy that at least OCD is seen as a recognized illness. I appreciate this because this individual turned this situation around to something positive.

OCD Sweather Talk 3

This comment reflects my view. Yes, I’m offended by the sweater, but there are bigger fish to fry. I’d instead put my energy into breaking the stigma of OCD and mental illness instead of venting that a sweater isn’t caring enough.

I feel that if you care about supporting people with OCD and other mental illnesses, donate to organizations, listen to people who have a mental illness, and be empathetic.

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