You, Me(dia) and OCD

The phrase, “that’s so OCD” is commonly used in everyday conversation, and typically used to justify the need to clean or the sudden urge to re-adjust a skewed picture frame. However, individuals living with OCD face and manage significant challenges associated with the disorder on a daily basis.

On social media, however, OCD has been somewhat popularised as a “personality quirk”. It is therefore easy to happen upon a post, such as the Buzzfeed post titled 22 Things Only People With OCD Will Understand. A post such as this one invites a range of opinions and views as to how OCD is portrayed in the media

Buzzfeed 22 Things

It is of interest to us to better understand these views, and in particular to learn how online representations of OCD on social media is perceived by people with OCD.

Celebrities too have played a role in how OCD is represented online and how people relate to and understand the disorder. An example of this might be Khloé Kardashian’s video logs titled Khlo-C-DIn these clips she explains how her “OCD” can be useful in organising her house.

Although this might seem acceptable on social media, people who are living with OCD tend not see it the same way. Sarah Schuster addresses this in her post on The Mighty which is a worthwhile read to gain some perspective.

This being said, we would like to hear from you! What is your perspective on how OCD is being represented in online? Please leave a comment (see top left corner of post).

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