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OCD is not an adjective...

Jokes about mental illness are everywhere, but why do people think it is alright to belittle and use it as an endless source of amusement?

This week I have seen OCD made a joke of whilst going into a kitchen and seeing a poster using it to make others keep the kitchen clean and tidy (see vlog below).

I see that jokes about OCD are common, widespread and thought of as acceptable... but it is not a joke, it's a severe mental illness and it's an example of stigma.

I did a quick Google search on OCD tests and memes... this is what I found:


Would we do the same with any other illness or disability?


Not funny is it? Now, I'm not asking everyone to become void of humour but ask that people are more sensitive.

If you are politely asking people to be respectful, clean and tidy, you finish the sentence there.... there is no need to bring a mental illness into it.

I thought it might be useful to give a brief overview of what OCD is in a little vlog.



For more information on OCD, visit http://www.ocduk.org/ocd 

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