By Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD-UK.
In a previous Christmas message I spoke about how OCD does not seem to recognise Christmas and take the holiday season off, if anything OCD rages more at this time of the year for many people.
But you know what, I have to acknowledge that rare occasion when I might have been wrong, you see throughout this year's festive build up there’s been a marked increase in social media memes and naff retailing websites like CafePress selling ‘OCD jumpers’, not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but that seasonal condition called ‘Obsessive Christmas Disorder’. Amusing hey?
This horrid trend that started a couple of Christmases ago gathered pace last year when a major US retailer (Target) got it on the act and thought they would use OCD to make a Christmas profit…. Such is the commercialism of Christmas these days. Sadly it’s even infected respected journals like The Spectator that published an article which started… ‘There are plenty of usually normal and well-adjusted people who go bonkers at Christmas time. I refer to the condition as Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.
Obsessive Christmas Disorder… My Arse!!! (I was watching The Royle Family last night, which is where that piece of descriptive rebuttal came from).