Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt

I’ve just been skyping my Grandma, who is noticeably very stressed at the moment. Why?

She lives in Greece. Greece, where they’ve put up the VAT from 13% to a staggering 23%. Even on food; a basic necessity. They can only take 60 euros out of the bank a day. The only thing holding the Greek islands together is tourism, but now that the prices of BASIC NECESSITIES are going up, they’re having to increase tourist prices, they’re having to increase everything. That not only hurts them, but the tourists. So next time you don’t care about Greek issues, take into consideration that the lovely holiday you planned to a beautiful Greek island could be demolished. This shall drive them into an even deeper economic depression.

How on earth are the Greek citizens supposed to cope? How are they supposed to survive, to not be forced into poverty? How are they supposed to have any faith in their country, in their government, when the thing they voted against is going ahead any way? How can they be expected to just go along with it? If they riot, the media and the government shall make it look as though they are the thugs, the criminals, it is their fault. But what got them into this position in the first place? Of course, the government. Yet those in suits shall still be able to drive around in their fancy cars, go home to their mansions, eat as much food as they want. They won’t give a second thought to those having to go without, who won’t be eating. They’re going to ruin people’s lives, and there’s nothing they can do about it.

A point that seems to be going a miss, however, is the fact that Greece actually wiped off most of Germany’s debts to them in the 1950’s. Today, however, people seem to have forgotten about that. Instead, they shall sit there and claim that Greece got themselves into the situation, they need to get themselves out of it, it’s not our fault. Yes, because it is all the Greek citizens who have done this to themselves. The government? Of course it couldn’t have been them! Not as if they make the decisions or anything, regardless of what the public cries for.

The sad thing is that this isn’t the only country that has had to go through this, and most likely won’t be the last. It’s terrible that we don’t get represented sufficiently by our governments. We are represented by people who have never lived in our society. They’ve never had to go without. How can they possibly put themselves into the shoes of the many worse off people in their country?

What do you think about this crisis? What do you think can be done?

“They’re a bit OCD”

Those were the words I heard from a characters mouth on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, about an hour ago. Don’t worry, I don’t actually watch the programme. My step-mum and brother were watching it at the time.

As someone who has suffered greatly with OCD, I certainly do not appreciate my disorder being used as a description word. OCD is an illness that has completely changed my life. It has ruined opportunities for me. I’m not the only one; OCD transforms and potentially ruins many lives around the world.

For those of you who don’t understand what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is, I shall tell you. OCD is a mental disorder that causes the sufferer to have obsessive thoughts about unpleasant or unwanted things, which can lead to compulsive behaviours to decrease the negative emotions such as anxiety that are caused by these. These obsessions are not nice, and can turn into extremely time-consuming behaviours that can lead someone to not being able to leave the house without doing them. OCD is an anxiety disorder. It is not a description.  For those of you that feel that my description didn’t clarify the disorder well enough for you, here’s a link to the NHS page that describes OCD in a bit more detail:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx

So why am I angry that a TV programme used a mental disorder as a description? First of all, it’s very frustrating to those who suffer with OCD, as the programme maintains the ongoing stereotype around OCD that claims that people “are OCD” if they like to have their things in a certain order or like to be neat. I can promise you, that is not what OCD is all about. I can guarantee that fairly soon I shall hear an individual near me use OCD as a description word. I hear it all the time, and it is so frustrating to hear someone relate someone’s little quirk to the disorder that I suffer with. The little quirk of there’s does not mean that they would willingly rather die than not carry it out. Their little quirk does not cause them to almost take on a completely different personality as a result. It is shocking that a well known channel such as Channel 4 would even think that it is okay to use a disorder as a description word.

It’s also another stab at the ongoing stigma surrounding mental illnesses. If this programme decided to describe someone as “a bit cancer”, or “a bit arthritis” , there would be an uproar of people disgusted at the fact that a physical illness had been used as a describing word. So why should the description of a mental disability be any different? The only difference between a mental disability and a physical disability is that you cannot see the mental disability. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not there, and it certainly doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cause offence or upset when someone uses it as a description.

I have made a complaint to Channel 4 about this, and I do hope that others have too. I am hopeful for a response to my complaint, as I, alike many, are wishing for a day when mental illnesses are finally taken seriously.