In Early 2017 I was contacted by a researcher from a TV production company regarding a potential documentary exploring OCD. I was instantly onboard as I knew that there had barely been any coverage of the mental health disorder on national television before.
The common misconception with OCD is that it’s all about keeping things clean, and while that’s true for some sufferers including me, there’s a lot more to it than that. OCD is a combination of intrusive thoughts followed by behaviours/rituals that relieve the thoughts, generally very irrational rituals too. OCD is a hard one to overcome and most people won’t completely overcome the disorder and will simply manage the OCD for the rest of their life, I remember being told just this when I was diagnosed.
My Extreme OCD Life is a two-part Channel 5 documentary broadcasted in Summer 2017. A small TV crew followed the lives of eight people from across the UK in a bid to understand the disorder and how impacting it can be. The results of the documentary saw more and more people opening up about their difficulties on social media and support from leading OCD charities.