- 6 years ago
I was thinking about saying something in specific threads but this comes up a few times so I decided to write a post about it. I wanted to write it earlier but then changed my mind quite a few times… this is why I am also anon.
I know that for most people this will be not a big deal at all, so I know a lot of people will think I am overreacting.
It’s a huge pet peeve and upsetting when people throw around terms like “OCD” , “panic attacks” etc . For example saying things like, “Im a little OCD about ….” , “My Fi is so OCD!” , “OMG Im having a panick attack over my dress” , “Im so ADD! lol ”
No, its not a panick attack, your having some normal anxiety. You are not OCD, your tidy. It’s normal and it happens to everybody.
I know people are using these as just common terms and not really being serious but I think its trivializing the fact that these things can be debilitating mental illnesses for people. It adds the the common perception that these things are not serious.
For people who are suffering with these disorders it can be extremely dissmissive. Its like somebody saying, “omg, I’m so ______ (insert any other illness, diabetes, cancer, hepatitis)”
I know other terms are often used in ways that are obviously not literal, for example saying ” Im so blind! I didn’t see that ” But the difference is that these things are not stigmatized in the same way or often dissmissed by the general public and health practitioners.
I have been diagnosed with OCD for example, and though it is managed now, it used to control my life. I dont tell people this because previously when I have people say something along the lines of “omg me too! “. Somebody having a panick attack and needing to go to the hospital because they cant breathe or think they are dying is not the same as somebody getting nervous looking for a dress. It really does make you feel like shit if mental illness rules your life and people treat it as a joke.
Words do hurt. It’s a bit like people using the terms “gay” or “retarded” as put downs.
Im not expecting anybody to change. This is just another perspective. Just something to think about.
Thank you for reading.