I'm really uncomfortably angry right now. Granted there's a lot going on for me which is bothering me in general but this morning really ticked me off and I can't get it off my mind.
My father has a guest staying at our house, an old friend from our country of birth, and while I'm all-round unhappy with that happening in the first place I recognise it's not only my house and someone else is allowed to have a guest if they want. Plus they haven't been around much while they've been going to see sights etc.
It's such a little thing but grrr. Basically I was going about my normal business, unpacking groceries and taking out trash, when I overheard the guest talking to my father about how she likes to do her laundry in a particular way. I guess he asked her why (I wasn't trying to hear, I just happened to be close enough when she responded) and she said "Because I'm pedantic and OCD." with a laugh.
"Because I'm OCD."
I really, really wanted to say something to set her straight. I didn't know if it would be worth the confrontation so I hesitated and then they left for the day and I've been in a bad mood over it the whole time. OCD isn't a fucking adjective, it stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Even if she had OCD she couldn't be
It's always wrong when people use mental illnesses to describe their quirky personality traits but this one got to me on a personal level because of how much I struggle with my anxiety disorder on a daily basis. I don't have OCD but it's in the anxiety spectrum of mental disorders so I relate to some aspects of it and felt personally insulted to have a disorder very similar to what I experience made into a joke.
I kept rehearsing in my mind what I'd like to say to her. I wouldn't want an argument but I wish I could assertively explain to her why her words are offensive without losing my cool. I wouldn't give a shit if she thought of me as weird for bringing it up - if she thinks OCD is some kind of cute little habit then her thoughts are clearly not valuable - but she'll be here for another five days and I wouldn't want to deal with the awkwardness I guess.
Ugh. She's not a malicious person, just oblivious apparently.