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 belittle the disorder and contribute 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 for people to get the help they need.

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 make a change.

If someone is misusing the term OCD on social media:

Whether it’s a company, a celebrity, or an individual you do not know, social media can be a powerful tool to spread misinformation. Luckily, it can be a powerful tool to educate as well. Here are some resources to help you respond to misuses of OCD on social:

If someone is misusing the term OCD elsewhere:

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How you can take action now: