October 8-12 is OCD Awareness Week. I think this is as good a time as any to talk about an issue that MetaFilter doesn't handle very well.
posted by OverlappingElvis to Etiquette/Policy at 1:11 PM (41 comments total)
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is just the latest example of a thread filled with cheap jokes at the expense of people suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I feel like this community tends to frown on shitty comments about depression, eating disorders, and a lot of other mental health issues, so I don't see why OCD should be treated any differently. I see the excuse/non-apology of "well it's not really making fun of OCD, it's just convenient shorthand" almost every time this subject comes up, and I think that we can do better than that.
It would be wonderful if we could work on not using OCD as a jokey term, just like we no longer use "retarded" casually.