I feel like a hypocrite writing this post.
Few weeks back, I wrote about how I do not want to be treated “special” because I suffer from a “rare” mental disorder, OCD.
Often times, I get a response like “That’s a real thing?!” along with a stare like I am some kind of a zoo animal.
But recently, I experienced something different.
I was talking to a group of people about my journey of mental illness. These people are not at all familiar with psychiatric disorders, so I don’t blame them for their lack of knowledge in this area.
But, is it weird that I got extremely “offended” when they started to say, “I hope your anxiety gets better” or “I remember you said you suffer from anxiety!”
Well, OCD USE to be part of an anxiety disorder before the diagnostic criteria changed, but not anymore. But that’s not the point here.
I clearly shared I struggle with mild depression and OCD. But why are these people saying anxiety instead? OCD and Depression have their own names?
Is this abnormal for me to have this kind of a response? I am not sure.
I don’t know why, but I feel defensive over my own “enemies.” This is not to say those who have official diagnoses with anxiety disorders have it any easier. It is to say that what I struggle with is not necessarily identified as anxiety disorders.
Has anyone had the same experience? Or am I a true hypocrite for feeling this way?