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 a serious mental illness, and the other part of me is like, this is petty to complain about. 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.)
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, find the controversy warranted because it trivializes OCD to habits such as organizing and checking to make sure everything is in it’s place, when the disorder itself is more vast than that. I understand where this person is coming from because I too was taken aback when I saw the sweater. OCD is seen as the stereotypical illness where things need to be in a certain place or that everything needs to be organized. 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 the stereotypical compulsions.
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.
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.
This comment reflects my view. Yes, I’m offended by the sweater, but there are bigger fish to fry and complain about. I’d rather put my energy into breaking the stigma of OCD and mental illness instead of complaining that a sweater isn’t caring enough. I feel that if you really care about supporting people with OCD and other mental illnesses, donate to organizations, listen to people who have mental illness, be empathetic, and be respectful.