Good Morning Britain trivializes OCD
Good Morning Britain (GMB) featured a segment this week to mark OCD Awareness Week by interviewing entrepreneur Michelle Mone. Rather than taking the opportunity to describe how devastating OCD is and how negatively it affects the lives of sufferers, GMB’s segment portrayed OCD as a quirky, light hearted syndrome that is even enjoyable.
Mone said during the segment, “I love having OCD, it makes me really organised.”
Interestingly, Mone is self-diagnosed. She’s never received a diagnosis of OCD from a qualified mental healthcare professional. She went on to say her drawers and closets are painstakingly organized, making her life better.
A popular British morning show had the opportunity to quell misconceptions of OCD by talking to real sufferers and hearing their stories but instead the show portrayed OCD as being the realm of anal retentive neat freaks. It’s sad that mainstream media misses an opportunity to do good and parrots the misleading stereotypes so prevalent on social media these days.
OCD Action and OCD-UK , charities in the UK, both issued statements expressing concerns over the program, which trivialized OCD to a mass audience. Well known OCD advocate Rose Bretecher came out against the portrayal of OCD on the GMB program.
It’s unfortunate that this type of thing happens in this day and age. There is a massive amount of information on the web about what OCD truly is and why people with it suffer. Yet it is common for people to trivialize OCD, relegating it to a quirky disorder where people exhibit traits of being clean and organized.
It is doubtful that Michelle Mone would be diagnosed as having OCD, given the fact she likes how organized she is. Real people with OCD don’t like their disorder at all. They hate the intrusive thoughts they are subjected to and dislike having to perform compulsions, which they are compelled to do. No, Mone jumped on the OCD stereotype bandwagon by claiming her propensity for being neat and orderly meant she had OCD. She’s a neat freak, not an OCD sufferer.
Organizations all around the world are expending energy this week to raise awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Order during OCD Awareness Week. Unfortunately the work is being sidetracked by the grossly inaccurate story of one woman on a British talk show.