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Michelle Mone has come under fire from sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder after claiming she 'loved' having the condition
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- Business tycoon, 44, said disorder helped with lingerie company Ultimo
- Good Morning Britain Viewers said entrepreneur was 'making fun' of illness
- She later said she had a 'mild' version and had simply learned to 'adjust'
- Ms Mone was recently appointed as a business tsar by David Cameron
The 44-year-old tycoon, who has recently been appointed as a business tsar by David Cameron, suggested the condition had been 'useful' in helping run her lingerie company.
But she faced backlash on Twitter as viewers claimed she was 'making fun' of the condition, before branding her 'disrespectful' and 'ignorant'.
Michelle Mone has come under fire from sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder after claiming she 'loved' having the condition. She made the comments as she appeared on Good Morning Britain
The 44-year-old lingerie tycoon suggested on air that the serious condition had been 'useful for her business'
The entrepreneur was then forced to say that she had a 'mild' version and had simply learned to 'adjust'.
Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain earlier today, she said: 'It can prove really useful in business.
'It makes you really organised. I've always said that if your drawers are organised, then your life will be too. So I love having OCD.'
One viewer wrote: 'I have ocd & really dnt think Michelle Mone does it is much more serious than she is making out she is making light of it #gmb.'
Another said: 'Interview with Michelle Mone was so disrespectful to sufferers of anxiety and OCD. Didn't create awareness just turned it to a joke #gmb.'
One person tweeted: '#OCD is no laughing matter and being organised is not necessarily OCD.'
And another added: 'There isn't one person I know who genuinely has OCD that 'loves' having it. It's a severe anxiety disorder!'
Ms Mone (pictured arriving at the ITV studios this morning, left, and on the set of Good Morning Britain, right, has previously spoken about what she says are obsessive, addictive tendencies)
Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain earlier today, she said: 'It can prove really useful in business'
Ms Mone faced backlash on Twitter as viewers claimed she was 'making fun' of the condition, before branding her 'disrespectful' and 'ignorant'
After being inundated with criticism, Ms Mone attempted to clarify her comments by writing: 'There are different degrees of #ocd I have a mild version of it&have had to adjust. Don't forget it is a real illness for others who suffer.'
Ms Mone founded Ultimo in 1996 with her husband Michael, but they split in 2011 amid claims that he had an affair with bra designer, Samantha Bunn. He has since set up a rival lingerie firm with Ms Bunn.
In August, she was appointed by the UK Government to carry out a review into how best to encourage start-ups in areas of high unemployment.
Amid backlash over her comments, the entrepreneur was forced to say that she had a 'mild' version of the condition and had simply learned to 'adjust'
She subsequently resigned from the Ultimo and MJM International boards with the former company said her new projects and commitments had left limited time for her engagements with the firm.
Ms Mone has previously spoken about what she says are obsessive, addictive tendencies.
In her 20s and early 30s, she ate and drank heavily, going up to a size 22 and having to buy her underwear from Marks & Spencer, because Ultimo only went up to size 18.
She then lost eight stone and now exercises for an hour a day with a personal trainer.
She apparently sleeps for only four hours a night and even went into labour with her now-teenage daughter Bethany while she was chairing a board meeting.
Ms Mone founded Ultimo in 1996 with her husband Michael, but they split in 2011. She has recently been appointed as a business tsar by Prime Minister David Cameron
In her recently-published autobiography, Mone admitted she put laxatives in her husband's coffee, let down his tyres and cut holes in his boxer shorts.
She also said that on one occasion while they were still sharing the marital home, she poured cold water on his side of the bed.
According to NHS Direct, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive activity.
The definition says an obsession can be an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person's mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease.
It estimates around 12 in every 1,000 people in the UK are affected by the condition.