October 14th to 20th is OCD Awareness Week.
While people may remark that they’re “a little bit OCD” or say “That’s just my OCD” that causes them to be perfectionistic, they are mistaken.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious condition that affects approximately 1% of adults and it can be debilitating. People who really do have OCD experience repeated thoughts and/or actions that negatively affect their lives. Treatment can consist of therapy and medication.
From the IOCDF Web site:
“OCD Awareness Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people access appropriate and effective treatment in a timely manner. Launched in 2009 by the IOCDF, OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organizations across the US and around the world, with events such as OCD Screening Days, lectures, conferences, fundraisers, online Q&As, and more.”
Due to lack of awareness, OCD and related disorders have become a sort of punchline for many people. The next time you’re tempted to use OCD as a catchall phrase for behavior that seems extreme, consider that it is a significant issue for many people.
Help dispel the stigma associated with mental health. Go to the IOC Foundation Web site and learn more.