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OCD in the media

Features about OCD in the media (newspapers, television, radio or the big screen).

BBC Radio Scotland feature on OCD

Comedian Jon Richardson has recently revealed how his OCD had affected his relationships. But what exactly is OCD? and how does it affect someone's day to day life? Sanjeev Kohli hosted this radio piece on the subject for BBC Radio Scotland last Friday with Christine Muir from the Glasgow OCD Support Group.

Click below to listen to the OCD feature that featured on BBC Radio Scotland on 28/11/2014 (12min:50sec).

Article posted on: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:56pm

OCCleaners - The Times get it, so why not others?

Blog written by 'Ashley Fulwood' 13th October 2014.

Last Sunday in the round up of the week’s TV ahead, The Times published the following.

Left feeling grubby

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4, 8pm) Watching obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers with a cleaning fixation being sent to transform the houses of hoarders is an uncomfortable business for everyone involved. The hoarders are made to feel disgusting and the OCD cleaners are put through mental torture (often physical, too — breaking out in sweats and panic). Then there is the audience, also squirming at the jaunty tone of the programme’s voice-over and the exploitation of people with (in some cases) diagnosed mental-health disorders. It is shameful that this has been given a third series.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:14pm

Open letter to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner advertisers

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because Channel 4 flatly refuse to actually hear the feedback and concerns raised by multiple charities and sufferers alike we have decided to approach those companies that promote and advertise their products during each episode of this series. The following open letter will be sent to each company encouraging them to review their advertising strategy with Channel 4.

Article posted on: Tue, 07/10/2014 - 9:00pm

Channel 4 ignoring concerns for ratings?

This week Channel 4 will once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Despite widespread concerns being raised by charities and people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder directly with Channel 4’s Chief Executive and disability advisor they have chosen to repeatedly ignore these concerns and continue to commission and broadcast this latest series. With the concerns ignored, we can only assume ratings far more important to Channel 4 than taking on board the concerns raised. Some of the concerns raised about the programme include:

Article posted on: Sun, 05/10/2014 - 3:10pm

Only Connect - BBC2

BBC2 Quiz - Only Connect

During the 8th September 2014 broadcast of Only Connect, Victoria Coren Mitchell, presenter of the BBC 2 quiz show, in our opinion made inappropriate and derogatory remarks about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).

Coren Mitchell said:

‘Hello and welcome to Only Connect; the show that puts the OC into OCD. And if you have OCD you’ll be thinking “But what was it before they put the OC into it? Just D? That doesn’t work.” Any viewers who are concerned that I’m poking fun at a condition I don’t understand, don’t worry, that’s not how we think on this show. To be honest, I’m not really thinking about anything, apart from when I accidently touched the light switch an odd number of times before I left the dressing room. I might have to go back.’

Article posted on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 11:41am

The Daily Mirror misuse OCD

Mirror misuse OCD

Obsessive and controlling, two words used today alongside the headline ‘Kate Bush's OCD has inspired her return to spotlight’ by the Daily Mirror.

Whilst we cannot know, nor wish to know if Kate Bush suffers with OCD, the picture painted by the Mirror to describe OCD does nothing to suggest a clinical diagnosis of OCD would be made.  Certainly there is no description of the mentally distressing anguish and anxiety that would accompany a diagnoses of OCD.

Inappropriately using OCD in such a headline is yet another example of poor and irresponsible journalistic writing which paints an unrealistic picture of what OCD is.  

Article posted on: Sat, 23/08/2014 - 3:21pm

Nurse awarded £75k compensation after developing OCD at work

Following a recent Daily Mail news story that a nurse had been awarded £75k in compensation from her former employer, Whipps Cross NHS Trust, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the severity that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can have on a person that suffers.

Article posted on: Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:28am


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