Dr. Tolin gives the group three days to continue their compulsions, while monitoring them so he can understand their triggers. Check out this full episode of The OCD Project.
OCD is such a selfish disease.Its all about self-pleasure and satisfaction. I think about my weight 24-7. I cannot pass by a mirror in my house without pulling my shirt up and grabbing my fat... (i cannot look at myself in public mirrors) and ill do it over and over. When im getting ready to leave somewhere i cant, i get panic attacks, i start sweating and my heart pounds. i have to smoke a cigarette to calm down cause ill shake and keep driving back to my house cause i feel like i forgot things. (im always late, i cant keep a job, cause id rather not go sometimes because of the stress of just thinking about leaving and getting ready stresses me out... (things i think when i leave the house, what if the house burns down, what if someone breaks in, what if a long lost friend comes looking for me, what if my parents need me and im not there, did i leave the light on, did i lock the door, the back door, is my window closed, is my room door closed, are my electronics unplugged) i can't help these thoughts and they control my every action. i haven't told anyone. i feel like im normal, i tell myself i am, but i can't even enjoy life.
I think this show is doing a world of good for people who have OCD. It tells people with milder forms of OCD that they are not alone and that there is hope in the form of treatments. I love that Dr. T tells the patients,"Its just your OCD talking. Its your brain trying to trick you!". Simple but powerful. Oh and I think Tracy is really cute!
I think it's ironicly funny that they are showing soap and deodorant ads on a show about people with obsessive hand washing and hygiene issues. Would they show fast food ads on a weight loss show?
I feel for these patients and anyone who struggles from any mental disorders, i have dealt with things like this by watching it take away the life of someone whom i use to know. I dream of helping people with mental health problems someday. And thanks vh1 for broadcasting this show, it allows people to be more aware and informed. I hope, pray, wish and know that these people will overcome their obstacles.
RILEY--> Stop being a groupie!!
I know Cody in real life. Ive been going to school with him since middle school. I never knew he had this problem and we were pretty good friends!
Michael you're an idiot. But guess what? "God" forgives you for it:)
I think all of you are super brave to be able to face your fears in such an upfront way. Keep it up! Kevin, you are great :)
Good luck to all the people on this show...I hope you all are better or are on a track to recovery. (I don't know how many of you read this. I see Kevin is on here - hi!) It's sad to see how nasty some people can be in comments - "crazy". What does that mean exactly? I wonder if people are in fear of mental illness and that's why they immediately put people who are ill or act strangely under the label of "crazy" to push them away. I guess it's really easy to feel safe and make fun when you can dehumanize people and their crippling illnesses by just labeling them "crazy" and being done with it!
I've had OCD since I was in middle school. I'm rational. I'm kind. And luckily, it's very easy for me to hide my particular forms of OCD (trichotillomania and dermatillomania + various other habits and compulsions that tend to come and go - almost all of them easy to hide or at least suppressible when in the company of others) but for some people it's not so easy to hide. I can't imagine how that must be, and my heart goes out to all people suffering from mental illness, whether they are suffering secretly or they're out there for the public to see.
I'm one of the lucky ones - I may spend hours a week rubbing and picking at my scalp and eyelashes and eyebrows, but nobody needs to know. I can force myself to stop while in public. I've dated people for months who never caught on and still don't know. But for some people it's not so easy to hide. For some people, it's a secret that will inevitably come out if they get close to people. For others, it affects the way they behave and speak so much that when they introduce themselves, they're introducing their illness as well.
For those of you who just write people who behave oddly off as 'crazy', I want you to think about what your life would be like if you couldn't control the way you think, how it makes you behave, to the point where people can tell at first glance that there's something "wrong" with you. How it would feel knowing that everyone who meets you can see your mental illness. Because then people would laugh and label YOU as "crazy" too, rather than seeing you as a human being.
Is Dr. "Shoe-licker" for real?! Peace...
Crazy...well that's a really professional label that explains a lot. Thanks Cr. Cat, for your input. Looking forward to more diatribe. : )
This is Kevin, on the 6 house mates from the OCD Project. First, you're quite brave to come out with these issues. Remember, there is ALWAYS something we can do about our problems. I do wish you the best. Did you talk to a therapist about any of these things yet? I know for example, for the average American, it takes about 7 years to seek help!
@ michael. how can you blame God for wat these people are suffering? wat does he have to do with it? you need to remember that alot of the things that people go through is because of the cruelty and evilness of our fellow human beings, as well as choices that we make in our own lives. God didnt come down and ****** these ppl or cause them to have ocd, its becuz of certain tragedies in their lives. Some of these things are meant to make u stronger. and always remeber that no matter how hard you think you have it, there is someone out there who would trade places with you in a heartbeat
Like so many I was malested, and verbally and physically abused through the duration of my life.I feel exactly the way these guys do, except for frequent handwashing. I cannot look ppl in the eyes, hug ppl-especially famiy and friends. I only hug and kiss my 3 children. I worry all the time about everything and most of all screwing up and failure. I worry about making my family disappointed in me. When I am around I can't help but feel withdrawn and "different" from them- like i am not as good as they are. I know i shouldn't feel that way but I cant help myself. If i clean or arrange something at home I get frustrated when ppl move it and feel like I did it wrong and no matter what I do its NOT good enough. I feel like I'm fighting a battle i can't win inside my head. Therefore I can't concentrate enough to do right. I am irresponsible with money and CAN'T be trusted. I believe that my problems cause bad vibes around my loved ones and therefore I'm going to do something or say something wrong so I stay my distance so I don't hurt them. But It happens anyway.
hey samary I agree ppl should know about OCD..do you know ppl who have it..i do and i can relate to what theses patients are going thru
I think this show is great. OCD can be a terrifying ride. It's really hard to treat. I really feel for these people, they are in serious trouble. They come off as real people, desperate for help, unlike the tiresome, whiny faux celebs on Dr. Drew. The doctor is also very instructive, articulate and compelling. The part where he licked his colleague's shoe was incredible tv. The reactions of the pts. was amazing. I'm not sure Kevin can be helped by this treatment set-up, he comes across as a schizophrenic with a good dollop of paranoia. He's great to watch but I'm not sure he belongs.
Does CBT help, or just my mind distracting me from finding a solution?
Michael needs some joy in his life.
Could I be choosing to fail; I went back to school at 25, hell bent on getting what I had put off for life. Every thing the advisors said about people not finishing has and is happening.
Before that; I left a relationship, house, dog, 2 cars, and ext on an impulse. I am 36 now and the last 15+ years I have been failing right before I secured any measurable level of success. I first noticed it to be every 3 months. Then that stopped/changed like as if my mind just wanted me to notice it. Yes failure has started again; only in an unpredictable way. Now if I give my minds activities attention to correct/discover why? Everything except failure changes and I am left not knowing why I failed the last time not to mention this one. I have a problem finishing things as a result of thinking if I don't finish I can continue and that is not failure. Right? WRONG! That turns into another failure. I soon am overwhelmed with how much I am constantly failing, add all the balls I am juggling so I don't fail, Bamb/splat I collapse into a chair. My Brain is looking for any distraction to keep from thinking about my failures/soon to be failures. Is this a common Problem?
That is only the begining. I think if I could correct the failure I would have enough mental time to create a dirrection to fix the rest(otherwise I will fail at correcting my own problems, and what is life about if that is true. Can ya feel my pain/fear?).