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6 reasons why you should stop calling yourself "a bit OCD"
Unless you suffer from OCD, that is.

LAST NIGHT A documentary about living with OCD in Ireland aired on RTÉ One.

OCD and Me told the story of some of the people in this country dealing with the debilitating condition on a daily basis.

The documentary opened many eyes to the struggle of obsessive compulsive disorder and highlight why comments about being “a bit OCD” or headlines like this…

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… may not be appropriate or helpful.

Here’s why it’s important to understand the condition that affects 2-3 per cent of the Irish population:

It’s difficult to live with

Documentary director Adrian McCarthy told TheJournal.ie that while we all have our quirks…

… the difference between that and having something that is really obstructing you from living your life in a normal way, that is what OCD is.

It requires help and support

Using the term ‘OCD’ flippantly should be avoided

In fact, OCD Ireland recommends it

Meet Jacob

He suffers from Obsessive Compuslive Disorder. This is how it affects his life and those around him:

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And Simon…

Whose OCD once had him believe he’d caused a road accident.

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You can catch up on the important documentary OCD and Me on the RTÉ Player.

Read: What it’s really like living with OCD in Ireland

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