Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of people say they have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) when they refer to their organizing habits. Increasingly, people tell me I must “be OCD,” as well, which I find rather tiresome.
Wanting to find things without searching and having systems in place to make life easier does not mean that someone has OCD.
People who do have OCD struggle each day to live with obsessive thoughts and the compulsive need to perform certain behaviors. They have a serious medical condition, not a frivolous desire to have matching baskets or color-coordinated typefaces on labels.
Please use words carefully. If you refer to yourself as “being a little OCD about” something when you really mean that you’re selective or particular, say what you mean.
Comparing yourself to someone with a debilitating condition really isn’t kind.
What do you think? Am I overreacting or being “politically correct?” Or do you believe that inaccurate language is detrimental?