Why is OCD so Romanticized?
Okay, so maybe it's not really romanticized all that much, but OCD certainly has its tropes in media.
For example, in my experience, OCD is mostly played off for laughs. While sometimes my obsessive tics can be amusing, I feel as though you can only really make fun of me if you know me well, or if that's our type of relationship. I mean, you do have the freedom to make fun of me even if you don't know me, but then I have the freedom to think of you as an asshole. Free speech, bitch. But that's beside the point. Anyways, in media, characters are the punchline of many jokes if they have OCD.
One show in particular comes into mind. Even though Soul Eater is a great anime, and Death the Kid is like, my idol, the show portrays his OCD in a comical way most of the time. And hell, most of the time, it is funny. I laughed as I watched him freak out over the smallest little thing, but most of the time, I could relate to him, and that made me rather sad. Like when Kid was trying to take an exam, and he couldn't write his name down perfectly on his paper, so he was stuck there. I could relate because if I am taking a test where I have to fill in the bubbles, I spend lots of time making sure the bubbles are filled in perfectly. It had never really resulted in me getting a bad score on the test, but it is rather obnoxious to have to deal with.
Another example of media portrayal of OCD is the obsessive nut case. I can't think of any specifics right now, but think about a character who is has mysophobia, or as it is commonly called, germaphobia. Phobias are classified under OCD and anxiety disorders. If the character isn't played off for laughs, the rest of the characters think this one is a down right freak. So much so that they try their very best to mess everything up for this character, like purposely making things dirty and out of place. This could be the same with characters who have organizational OCD. Again, I can relate to this. People don't realize that while it's time consuming and difficult to always have to personally follow through with my compulsions, it's even more difficult to control what other people do. Like, if someone gives me three taps to my shoulder. I get the urge to tell them to tap me once more, because four is my "OCD number." But I can't tell them this, because they will think that I am a freak.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and rant about how "problematic" Soul Eater is, and I'm not going to tell people how to write their characters. I actually hate how much of a buzz word the word problematic is, because it's overused and obnoxious. Anyways, I am writing this to open people's eyes. Just to spread awareness about OCD in general and whatnot. And not all portrayals of OCD are bad. In Soul Eater, the moments when Kid would overcome his OCD to deal with the task at hands were glorious moments. Those were the moments that made him become an inspiration to me. So, just open up your eyes next time, that's all I have to say.