By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
May 20, 2016

We need a 'Girls' approach to discussing mental health in pop culture

"I'm so OCD." You have probably heard someone say this in everyday conversation. But what does he or she mean? Is this person admitting to having a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder, in which he or she has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over? Or does he or she just like to have his or her desk tidy? Casual colloquial comments like this underscore how we all can misuse terms and diagnoses for very real, very serious mental-health problems that are affecting real people.