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The Dominion Post - 2021-11-26

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Mental health warning

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A range of Christmas items that make light of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) should be pulled from shelves, the Mental Health Foundation says. Tea towels and oven mitts embroidered with the phrase ‘‘OCD – Obsessive Christmas Disorder’’ were recently found on sale at fabric and homeware store Spotlight. OCD is a potentially debilitating mental health condition that affects about 1 per cent of the population. People living with OCD experience obsessive intrusive, unwanted thoughts, images or urges, which they try to relieve by engaging in repeated actions or behaviours (compulsions). Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson said flippant use of ‘‘OCD’’ made people experiencing the diagnosis feel minimised and less worthy. The phrase was overused in New Zealand and novelty products like those on sale at Spotlight should be removed as they ‘‘make our people feel like the butt of a joke’’, Robinson said.

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