13 Non-Traditional But Fun AF Ways To Celebrate The Holidays

Some people have Friends marathons, others grill on their deck like it’s the Fourth of July.

AKA your closest friends. The people who aren’t actually family, but MIGHT AS WELL BE. We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their chosen family holiday traditions. Some were funny, others were heartwarming, and a couple were just plain random AF. Let’s get into them!

Have a roundtable discussion about all the things you give no fucks about.

Have a roundtable discussion about all the things you give no fucks about.

My friends and I celebrate what we lovingly call Nofucksgiving. It’s a Thanksgiving dinner where we get together and eat and talk about all the things we don’t give a fuck about. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and it’s so cathartic. We may not give a fuck about a lot of things, but we sure do care about each other.

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Host a judgement-free karaoke night.

Host a judgement-free karaoke night.

Me (trans*), my actual sister who is gay, and a handful of our closest queer friends – who all find the holidays a little rough because of tense family situations – get together the Saturday before Christmas. We order pizza and drink beer and exchange gifts and watch Home Alone, and usually have a drunk Christmas song lip sync contest somewhere in there.

It’s probably the thing I most look forward to at the holidays. Just good wholesome fun with the people who I know love me the most – who I can be myself around and be wholly comfortable with. There’s no worrying about offending someone with my very existence at my very conservative family gatherings! Plus, the pizza and beer make a great break from the typical holiday food everyone eats during this time of year.

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Throw an early Friendsgiving and keep the day itself low-key.

Throw an early Friendsgiving and keep the day itself low-key.

My husband and I have not-so-great relationships with our actual families. We don’t feel like forcing Thanksgiving with them is necessary. So the Saturday before Thanksgiving we do Friendsgiving, and on Thanksgiving day we watch the Friends episodes about their Thanksgivings and hang up all Christmas decor. We do this every year.

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Say grace…but like, not actually “grace.”

We like to say “grace.” Basically we all do a shot after loudly announcing the word “grace.”

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Complete a winter-themed puzzle together.

Complete a winter-themed puzzle together.

Years ago, in my first apartment, my roommates and I would do Christmas puzzles together. Towards the beginning of December we’d go shopping together and each choose a a winter-themed puzzle. Then, we’d put them out on our kitchen table to casually work on over time. We didn’t always get the chance to sit down to work on them as a group, but it was cool to see the puzzle gradually come together and think of each other having contributed at some point. The puzzles would usually last past Christmas and help get us through the drag that winter can often be.

-Justine Fitting, Facebook

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Act like it’s the summer and light up the grill for some winter BBQ (shorts and sandals, optional).

Act like it's the summer and light up the grill for some winter BBQ (shorts and sandals, optional).

My best friend’s family and mine do a Hanukkah barbecue. Literally, we stand outside and barbecue like it was the Fourth of July, even if it’s the dead of December.

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Get all your friends together for a slumber party where you exchange gifts and play fun games.

Get all your friends together for a slumber party where you exchange gifts and play fun games.

The night before Christmas Eve (Dec. 23) is one of the few nights of the year when I have the house all to myself – my parents are working all night since they have a deli shop and people order a crazy amount of food for Christmas dinner. So for the past three years, I’ve been throwing a Christmas party with all my friends. It’s a girl’s night; we play silly games, drink lots of wine, exchange gifts… Anyone can spend the night at my place, and it has become a traditional thing! So everyone gets really excited about it.

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Take caroling seriously and find a choir to sing with every year.

Take caroling seriously and find a choir to sing with every year.

As a serious singer since age 12, I’ve been part of more Christmas/holiday-themed concerts and services than I can count. I was a member of both the regular and select chorus while I was in college, and had the chance to sing Christmas carols in a Rhode Island mansion with a number of my closest friends every year. I’ve also been part of my church choir since I was in high school (even singing on Christmas when I came home from college).

I take it so seriously that I make my parents plan our Christmas Eve dinner around when I have to get to warm-ups for Midnight Mass. I’m surrounded by the choir family I joined over 10 years ago, and I still cry every year. All told, singing with my chosen family is the best tradition I could imagine every year.

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Or decorate the tree to its ugliest potential.

Or decorate the tree to its ugliest potential.

We always make the ugliest Christmas tree! Tacky second grade ornaments covered in glitter, lights with reindeer heads, handfuls of cheap tinsel…

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Skip the tree altogether and decorate something entirely unrelated to the holidays.

Skip the tree altogether and decorate something entirely unrelated to the holidays.

We have a 6-foot-tall cardboard cutout of the classic Lost In Space robot that we put lights on instead of a tree.

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Gather at the same time and place every year.

Gather at the same time and place every year.

Seventeen years ago, my brother started meeting his friends at our favorite 24-hour diner on Christmas morning at midnight. The first year only three people attended, and now we average around 12. It started out because although Christmas is a time for family, we wanted our chosen family – our best friends – a time to be together on Christmas. We play Christmas trivia and share memories while drinking coffee and eating typical diner fare.

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Build holiday gingerbread houses with your favorite candy.

Build holiday gingerbread houses with your favorite candy.

Every year, my fiancé and I️ build a gingerbread house. We play Christmas music, get our favorite candy, and just have a great time enjoying each other and making new memories. I️ look forward to it every year.

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Get together with a group to purge your closets and donate to those in need.

Get together with a group to purge your closets and donate to those in need.

We go out on Christmas Day, visit the homeless, and bring them all kinds of gifts – things they need to survive the cold. Coats, scarf’s, caps, socks, food, gloves. You name it and we bring it to them. Everyone should feel loved on that day.

-Chris Langford, Facebook

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Beautiful Yoga Flow In Tulum (Video)

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Yoga. On the beach. In Tulum, Mexico. Three of our favorite things!

 

Yogi and founder of YogiApproved Ashton August practices the same yoga flow in four gorgeous and diverse settings – a beach in Tulum, a tiny jungle oasis, near ancient Myan ruins, and in the middle of a bustling street in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

 

This video project came about as a way to physically and visually express how grounding, empowering, and intimate our yoga practice can be. When we step onto the mat, we step out of our heads and into the present moment through the breath, the movement, and the space in between.

 

We offer this video as a homage and a tribute to the balance between strength and grace, peace and power, presence and stillness that yoga cultivates. Enjoy, and namaste!

 

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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Hacks For Vegans, Vegetarians, Low Calorie and Gluten-Free Diets

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Thanksgiving is almost here – a time of family and friends, slowing down, and focusing on all that we have to be grateful for. Thanksgiving is also the season for expanding waistlines and forgotten resolutions.

Just because your friends and family are getting their fill of cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes does not mean that you have to stuff yourself like that turkey (or tofurky) on your dinner table.

 

Even if you have dietary restrictions, such as no meat or no gluten, you can eat with the best of them with just a few minor modifications.

 

Want a heaping helping of gratitude? Read about The Life-Altering Importance of Practicing Radical Gratitude

 

You can join in on the day-long eating marathon without completely undoing all of the hard work that you’ve put into your exercise and diet regimen the previous 11 months of the year.

 

So put on your stretchy and comfortable clothes, and enjoy the holiday – the healthy way! This article breaks down how to “hack” Thanksgiving dinner for calorie cutters, vegan/vegetarians, and gluten-free options.

 

Here is your Thanksgiving day game plan for you calorie cutters, vegan/vegetarians and gluten-free:

 

 

1. Turkey Alternative

Turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, but obviously not vegetarian or vegan friendly.

 

Calorie Cutter: Watching your waistline on Thanksgiving can be tricky, but when it comes to turkey, it can be easy. Grab a small portion of meat – the size of the palm of your hand – and leave the fatty and high-calorie skin behind. Light or dark meat has about the same calories, so it’s all about your portion size and avoiding that fatty skin. Also, just say no to deep-fried turkey!

 

Vegetarian/Vegan: Because turkey is not an option, you can opt for a tofurky (or fish for you pescatarians out there), or skip the main dish altogether and indulge in the best part of any meal – the sides!

 

Gluten Free: You are in the clear for this dish, so just make sure that your gravy on top is also gluten-free, as many gravy recipes call for flour.

 

 

2. Stuffing Alternative

Stuffing is high in calories and fat and low in nutrition. This combination, while yummy, can wreak havoc on your waistline when eaten in excess.

 

Calorie Cutter: Make it more nutritious with a whole grain bread and by adding lots of vegetables to the recipe – celery, broccoli, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, etc. You will get tons of flavor, along with the health benefits in those added veggies. Instead of milk and butter, add chicken broth and a low-fat margarine to cut fat and calories.

 

Vegetarian/Vegan: Many recipes call for chicken broth as a base, so instead use vegetable broth. For a creamy stuffing, use soy or almond milk and coconut oil instead, all of which are great for vegetarians and vegans alike.

 

Gluten Free: Typical stuffing is a no-no, so instead, use a rice-based bread or your bread of choice as your base. You can add veggies and your choice of liquid base (vegetable broth, chicken broth) and seasonings to make this stuffing recipe your own.

 

 

3. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are creamy and delicious, but because they are loaded with heavy cream and butter, they can be a calorie monster – and also not vegan-friendly.

 

Calorie Cutter: Try cauliflower mash, which is made just as you would mashed potatoes, but using cauliflower instead. Or, if you aren’t ready to fully commit, prepare a 50/50 mix of cauliflower and potatoes, so you can cut calories without cutting the flavor or texture.

 

Whichever recipe you choose, swap out your heavy cream for milk, skim milk or even low-calorie milk replacements (such as almond or coconut milk) to slash the calories and fat. If you don’t want to change the taste or consistency, just have a small scoop of the real deal, and don’t go back for seconds!

 

Vegetarian/Vegan: Skip the gravy, which is often filled with some form of meat. Make your own mashed potatoes, where instead of adding milk and butter to your potatoes, combine soy or almond milk and coconut oil along with your favorite seasonings. This combination is creamy and flavorful and just as good or better than the original recipe.

 

Gluten Free: While you are typically safe, make sure that your chef didn’t add in flour to the potatoes as a thickener. And, double check that the gravy on top is all free of gluten.

 

 

4. Cranberry Sauce / Condiments / Sides

Cranberry sauce is another Thanksgiving staple, as are the condiments like gravy and sides like green bean casserole or rolls.

 

Calorie Cutter: Stay away from anything fried, covered in sauce or gravy or anything that appears to be thick and creamy. Instead, have your fill of veggies and a tablespoon or two of homemade cranberry sauce that you make yourself without added sugar. This sweet treat is a nice balance to the savory flavors throughout the rest of your dish.

 

Vegetarian/Vegan: While you are probably used to asking about ingredients when out to dinner, Thanksgiving is a particularly important day to ask. While your family and friends may mean well, they may add in unsuspecting chicken broth, mayonnaise and other meat-based items where you least expect it.

 

Better yet, just play it safe. Grab a salad, cranberry sauce or other side dishes that you can clearly see all of the components, so you are safe from meat-product contamination.

 

Gluten Free: For this category of your meal, you are probably safe – but double check just to be sure. If it’s bread-based and you didn’t make it, it is probably filled with gluten, so choose vegetable or fruit-based sides. Even unsuspecting dishes like green bean casserole can be dangerous with those breaded and fried onions on top.

 

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5. Dessert

Now is your time to have a little of what you’d like to reward yourself with for doing so well throughout the rest of your meal. Enjoy a small, sweet treat at the end of your meal. You deserve it!

 

Calorie Cutter: Most desserts are full of butter, cream and and tons of sugar. Your approach here is moderation. Have a thin slice of pumpkin pie and skip the whipped cream. Have a spoonful of pudding. Share a cookie with a friend. If you don’t want to cheat, prepare strawberries or other fruit with a light cream or make a light and frothy pumpkin mousse or another sugar-free dessert.

 

Vegetarian/Vegan: For vegetarians, dessert is a no brainer – you can have it all! However for vegans, most baked goods on Thanksgiving are filled with milk and butter, and anything with a pie crust is an instant no-go on your list. Unless you make it, it is probably off of your menu tonight. Here is your chance to show off your inner vegan baker, so pick your favorite dessert and share it with those you love.

 

Gluten Free: Many desserts are carb-heavy and unless the baker is gluten free, those carbs are generally made with white, refined flour. Make your own cookies, pie or cake and add it to the dessert table. The best part will be announcing that your dessert was gluten free after the meal is over – just watch the surprise on the faces of those who indulged in and enjoyed your sweet treat, only to find that what they just ate was gluten free!

 

 

Enjoy Thanksgiving the Healthy Way

Now, your meal is over and your belly is full. You can sit back, relax and give thanks for all that you have and the people in which you share your day. Cherish the time and memories that you create with your family and great food.

 

Cook together and share your cuisines, and take some time to reflect on all things you have to be grateful for. Don’t forget to do some yoga and limber up before you make a mad dash for Black Friday shopping!

 

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Years of Infertility and Miscarriages Sent Me Into a Spiral of Depression

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From the time she was small, Jessica Dolan wanted to be a mom. So not long after she and her boyfriend of nine years got married, they began trying to get pregnant. A year later, with no success, Jessica’s doctor sent her to a fertility clinic for help. Feeling hopeful, the couple began the intense process of in vitro fertilization, with every-other-day visits to the clinic for blood tests, exams, imaging, and injections of hormone-bolstering medications.

Then, in the summer of 2012, they received the news they’d been waiting for: Jessica was pregnant. “I was 37, and we were thrilled to be starting a family,” she recalls.

When she was six weeks along, Jessica started having menstrual-like cramps and feeling lightheaded. At first, she chalked it up to pregnancy, but when the symptoms persisted for several days, she went to her doctor. An ultrasound revealed that the fertilized egg had implanted in her fallopian tubes instead of her uterus-what’s known as an ectopic pregnancy-which meant it wouldn’t survive.

“I was crushed,” says Jessica. “The clock was ticking because of my age, but I dreaded starting the whole process over again.”

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Shell-shocked and in mourning, they took a year-and-a-half break to regroup, but by December 2013 they felt ready to try again. “My fertility doctor assured us that he’d never seen a woman have two ectopic pregnancies, and he was confident we’d be successful,” says Jessica. Indeed, in January 2014, she learned she was pregnant again.

At five weeks, however, she started having cramping again-and discovered that lightning can strike twice. This pregnancy, too, was ectopic. “Everyone at the fertility clinic was shocked, and I felt defective, like there was something terribly wrong with me if my body couldn’t do what it was supposed to do.”

With one frozen embryo left, Jessica and her husband decided to give it one final try. A month later, she had a positive pregnancy test-but at the following week’s office visit, a second test came back negative. “That false positive marked the end of our dreams,” says Jessica. “But giving up triggered a painful identity crisis. If I couldn’t have a child, who was I? What would I be if not a mom?”

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Rock bottom

Jessica spiraled into a dark, lonely place. She could barely get out of bed in the morning and began eating anything that made her feel better in the moment-pizza, ice cream, cookies. Over the next year she gained 30 pounds. “I was too depressed to work, and every morning I woke up and thought, ‘F**k, here goes another day.’ I couldn’t imagine what was going to become of my life.”

Still, there were fleeting moments when she felt more positive, and in one of those she downloaded the 7 Minute Workout app and pushed herself to start doing it. “I’d exercised off and on throughout my life, and even though I was ridiculously out of shape I figured I could do seven minutes,” she says.

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After a few months, she started running on her treadmill and gradually built her endurance to 10 minutes, then 15, then 20. “Instead of beating myself up for doing so little, I told myself that every minute was a win,” she says. The more she exercised the better she felt-less anxious, more positive, more confident and capable. By early 2015 she had started a new career and began re-engaging with life.

Last June, ready to take her routine to the next level, Jessica hired a personal trainer. “He keeps me accountable and pushes me farther than I thought I could go. Now when he tells me to do 50 push-ups I don’t think, ‘Are you crazy?’ I just do it,” she says.

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Her weekly routine is intense. She gets up at 4 a.m. two mornings for a bootcamp class, does personal training two days, runs at least three miles every weekend, and takes hip-hop or ballroom dancing a few nights a week.

“The fog has lifted and I’m feeling great. I’ve lost weight, and I’m energized by life again,” says Jessica. “Without exercise I would have been lost. It shifted my thinking from negative to positive. It helped me embrace every day instead of dread it. All my life, exercise seemed like a chore, like something I should do but didn’t really want to do. Now I look forward to it, because I know it keeps my mind as healthy as my body. And it all started with a few minutes a day. That’s how powerful it is.”

Practice This Prenatal Yoga Class to Relax Your Body and Connect With Your Baby (Free 30-Minute Video)

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Yoga can really help ease the body during pregnancy. Yet throughout your pregnancy, your typical yoga practice should become more gentle, mindful, and centered on creating safe, healthy movement that benefits both you and your baby.

 

With Prenatal Yoga, it’s encouraged that you use as many yoga props as possible. For this video, we recommend a blanket, yoga block, and bolster. If you don’t have a block or bolster handy, you can substitute a book or water bottle for the block and a pillow for the bolster.

 

Join YogiApproved teacher Carrie Varela in this soothing Prenatal Yoga flow to help relax your body, calm your mind, and connect with your baby. Be sure to check out the general tips below for keeping your yoga practice safe throughout your pregnancy.

 

Here’s Your 30-Minute Relaxing Prenatal Yoga Flow Class:

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Tips to Keep Your Prenatal Yoga Practice Safe and Effective:

As a general rule when you’re pregnant, it’s best to avoid the following things in your yoga practice:

  • Yoga poses on your stomach
  • Supine poses (flat on your back)
  • Deep backbend poses
  • Poses or movements that contract the abdomen
  • Holding poses for longer than 5-10 breaths
  • Deep twists that compress the abdominal area
  • Deep forward bends or hip openers
  • Advanced Pranayama (or deep breathing exercises)

 

These are general safety tips but be sure to discuss with your experienced Prenatal Yoga teacher and doctor to be sure your practice is safe and effective for you and your body’s particular needs.

 

If you’re interested in learning modifications for common poses during pregnancy, check out these 6 Prenatal Yoga Pose Modifications for Pregnancy

 

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Incorporate Prenatal Yoga Into Your Wellness Routine Throughout Your Pregnancy

This is an amazing yoga flow to relax the body and cultivate a sense of peace and calm for mind, body, and baby. Feel free to revisit this video throughout your pregnancy and always remember to take time for yourself, mommas!

 

The best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is take care of yourself and commit to a daily self-care practice, and Prenatal Yoga is a great place to start! Namaste!

 

This article and all included information is not intended as medical advice and does not treat or diagnose. Please consult your doctor for any health-related questions or concerns before practicing these poses.

 

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Tell Us If A Book Changed Your Life Forever

If it changed the game for your body, mind, feelings, sex life, spirit, soul, we want to hear about it!

Did you read a book that totally changed your outlook on your life?

Did you read a book that totally changed your outlook on your life?

And it’s the thing you recommend far and wide or re-read all the damn time or hang onto a copy of just in case you need to revisit its wisdom?

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Maybe you read a self-help book that gave you some guidance on how to think about your feelings and/or problems.

Maybe you read a self-help book that gave you some guidance on how to think about your feelings and/or problems.

Or provided concrete ideas for ways to troubleshoot, or convinced you to seek professional help?

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Or perhaps you read a book about food or nutrition that changed your whole relationship to eating.

Or perhaps you read a book about food or nutrition that changed your whole relationship to eating.

Maybe it was about how to stop counting calories and become an intuitive eater or maybe it was something that gave you some insight into food intolerances or gave some helpful tips about how to learn to cook for yourself.

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Or, did you read something that totally helped you step up your game in terms of exercise, fitness, or movement?

Or, did you read something that totally helped you step up your game in terms of exercise, fitness, or movement?

Like maybe there was a book about exercising or a guide to different workouts, or maybe a biography about a kickass athlete that made you think about or do exercise differently (or at all).

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Perhaps there was a book about love, relationships, sex, etc. that helped you level up your romantic game.

Perhaps there was a book about love, relationships, sex, etc. that helped you level up your romantic game.

Maybe it was a book that helped you understand your partner or made dating less frustrating or helped you after a breakup.

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Or a book on something totally different that we haven’t mentioned here that taught you actual things about your health.

Or a book on something totally different that we haven't mentioned here that taught you actual things about your health.

Including surviving cataclysmic events!

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Use the comments below to tell us what it is, why you love it, why people should check it out, and how it changed your life.

17 Things Pop Culture Gets So, So Wrong About OCD

OCD doesn’t mean being a neat freak, OK???

First of all, OCD is pretty much always represented by neat freak characters who clean obsessively.

First of all, OCD is pretty much always represented by neat freak characters who clean obsessively.

Some people with OCD definitely have cleaning compulsions, but for some reason, those have been become representative of the entire disorder.

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Or characters always have well-known compulsions like excessive hand-washing, counting, or light switch-flipping.

Or characters always have well-known compulsions like excessive hand-washing, counting, or light switch-flipping.

Compulsions can be ANY ritualistic behavior and yet, we pretty much see the same three over and over again.

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In fact, the “obsessive” part of OCD is rarely given the time of day.

So many compulsions are repeated to deal with obsessions, and that’s never explained or portrayed in detail. Also, while some people with OCD have both obsessions and compulsions, some only have obsessions, and YOU NEVER SEE THAT.

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It’s portrayed as really debilitating – which it can be – but rarely as something a character can manage and live with.

It's portrayed as really debilitating - which it can be - but rarely as something a character can manage and live with.

People with OCD are able to live independently, hold down jobs, make friends, ALL KINDS OF THINGS. And yet, it’s pretty much always portrayed as completely unmanageable. For #drama, maybe.

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Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s portrayed as a just personality quirk.

Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, it's portrayed as a just personality quirk.

Because having a condition that traps you in a vicious cycle of irrational fears and actions is ~so quirky~.

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More often than not, OCD is the butt of a joke.

More often than not, OCD is the butt of a joke.

Unreasonable, over-the-top reactions when things aren’t the way a character with OCD needs them to be = the height of comedy, apparently.

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Or it’s treated like a superpower.

Or it's treated like a superpower.

Like, it would be awesome if OCD gave you superhuman abilities to notice tiny details and solve problems, but that’s just not the case.

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Let’s be real, we rarely see the less palatable parts of OCD, like violent intrusive thoughts.

Let's be real, we rarely see the less palatable parts of OCD, like violent intrusive thoughts.

Because hey, that wouldn’t be cute, quirky, or funny.

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Characters with OCD typically fit a specific stereotype.

Characters with OCD typically fit a specific stereotype.

Anyone can have OCD, regardless of their personality and yet the characters with OCD are always super analytical, neat, and type A? Makes toootal sense.

-Jane Hirschey, Facebook

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And there’s a total lack of diverse representation when it comes to characters with OCD.

And there's a total lack of diverse representation when it comes to characters with OCD.

The majority of people on shows or movies with OCD are white – and this lack of representation perpetuates the stigma in some communities that mental illnesses are ~white people problems~.

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Everyone always knows that a character has OCD, because it’s super obvious.

Everyone always knows that a character has OCD, because it's super obvious.

When in reality, OCD is rarely something you can know someone has just by interacting with them. SHOCKING, right?

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The phrase OCD is tossed around as an adjective.

The phrase OCD is tossed around as an adjective.

It’s infuriating how often it’s snuck into dialogue super casually when it’s not referring to the ACTUAL ILLNESS. Like, “Oh, I have terrible OCD about my desk being organized.” NO.

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Of course, like most portrayals of mental illness in media, love is the ~cure~.

Of course, like most portrayals of mental illness in media, love is the ~cure~.

Thank god for convenient love interests swooping in and saving a person with OCD from themselves and their condition!!!

-Hillary Plozza, Facebook

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The little ways that OCD can take over your life are never shown.

The little ways that OCD can take over your life are never shown.

OCD can make you stay awake for days straight because you’re convinced you’ll stop breathing. It can make you stop leaving your apartment at all because you’re afraid someone might see you and notice your compulsions. It’s so much more than just one behavior.

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And the physical repercussions go unmentioned, too.

And the physical repercussions go unmentioned, too.

Even with the go-to compulsion of hand-washing, they never bother to show what that’s actually like – AKA, washing your hands so much that they crack and peel and bleed.

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We usually see compulsions that are the result of some traumatic experience that give a character a ~reason~ to start obsessing over a certain thing.

We usually see compulsions that are the result of some traumatic experience that give a character a ~reason~ to start obsessing over a certain thing.

When actually, obsessions and compulsions don’t have to make sense – in fact, they often don’t.

-Willow R., Facebook

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And finally, medication is pretty much shown as a cure-all, so once the Very Special Episode is over, a character’s OCD is usually never mentioned again.

And finally, medication is pretty much shown as a cure-all, so once the Very Special Episode is over, a character's OCD is usually never mentioned again.

Once a character realizes they have a problem and need help, they just get on medication and then BOOM! OCD IS UNDER CONTROL.

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