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Target sweater angers mental health advocates

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A retail giant appears to be getting on to peoples' naughty lists after a controversial holiday sweater hit its shelves.

Target began selling a red sweater that says "OCD Obsessive Christmas Disorder" and a firestorm of social media criticism erupted across the country, including Connecticut.

"I don't think it's a big deal. You just enjoy Christmas," said Michelle Royce of Stafford.

However, the City of Danbury Commission for Persons with Disabilities used Twitter to voice its displeasure.

"Dear @Target, you're on the naughty list for making fun of #OCD, #mentalillness is serious. #disAbilities," the Tweet said.

The National Institute of Mental Health said the shirt is poking fun at a disorder that affects 2.2 million Americans.

Other people also took to social medial to voice their concerns.

"They're selling these at target and as someone who has struggled with OCD for six years [I'm] pretty pissed off," wrote Dean Winchester on Twitter.

People also came to Target's defense.

"Personally, I think @Target's #OCD (Obsessive Christmas Disorder) sweater is funny. LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE! #ItsAJoke," posted @hotshot70.

Eyewitness News spoke with three local psychiatrists, wondering if someone with OCD could have a set back by looking at the sweater. All three said "no."

Mike Anderson, who works with children who have OCD, said he wouldn't wear the sweater because it isn't his style, but he doesn't have a problem with it.

"It's Christmas. I don't see anything wrong with it," he said.

While obsessive Christmas disorder only appears in the likes of Urban Dictionary, mental health advocates said the acronym on the sweater pokes fun at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Target is also not the first retailer to sell "obsessive Christmas disorder" merchandise. The website Esty, for example, has a number of T-shirts and mugs available.

The sweaters are a hot seller, and are under $30 at Target.

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