Campbell, R., & Longhurst, R. (2013). Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD): Gendered metaphors, blogs and online forums. New Zealand Geographer, 69(2), 83-93.
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In order to understand social recovery from mental illness, it is important to examine the role played by social space, including virtual space. This article examined blogs and online forums for people with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). In particular, it addressed gender differences in the metaphors used by men and women in these virtual spaces. Empirical data illustrated that, in general, women are more likely to frame their experiences of OCD as a journey, whereas men are more likely to frame them as a battle. Use of these different metaphors has potential implications for social recovery.