We know it can be difficult for members of the OCD and related disorders community to hear the term OCD misused. People who use OCD as a joke are belittling the disorder and contributing to a stigma that prevents many people from seeking treatment. The good news is that together, we can work to educate the public, make a change, and reduce the time it takes to seek treatment.

Read on for information on what to do if you’ve just heard someone misuse the term OCD, or if you haven’t but want to help reduce stigma:

If someone is misusing the term OCD:

Taking action: How can I be proactive?