We all say dumb things sometimes, and most of us have a constant phrase we use that gets on people’s nerves. Up until about twenty minutes ago, I was friends with a girl who thinks being a perfectionist is the same as having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She self diagnosed herself years ago after reading books and watching movies where a character was supposed to have OCD, but those characters are rarely written by someone who knows anything about the disorder and they cause people like this woman to assume it means you need things to be a certain way or it really bothers you.
Having OCD is not the same as just wanting things to be the way you prefer, or just because you do something a certain way. Just because I always always always eat a few fries before taking a bite out of my cheeseburger does not mean I have OCD, it’s just a habit.
At least once a week this ex-friend says something “brings out the OCD” in her and today I finally had enough. That plus a few other annoyances along with the simple fact that we no longer get along as friends made me decide to end the friendship. It’s just a matter of not making yourself sound like an asshole, and making any kind of disorder sound like a fad (whether or not you genuinely suffer from it) makes you sound like an asshole.