OCD in the media

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

Extreme OCD Camp

OCD Camp - BBC Three

Following the controversy surrounding the recent awful Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, a series which was masquerading as some kind of serious OCD programme, this week the first of three new, and hopefully much improved OCD programmes hits the screen on BBC Three this Tuesday at 9pm. Two more OCD documentaries are due to be broadcast on ITV and Channel 4 later this year.

A two-parter, BBC Three's Extreme OCD Camp (we can forgive them the title, if the programme is good) follows six young sufferers as they travel to Seattle in the US for a radical treatment programme (their words, not ours). One of those featured is Olivia, who OCD-UK members will remember shared her story in our July 2012 Compulsive Reading magazine. We asked her how she found the experience of taking part in the OCD Camp.

Article posted on: Mon, 29/07/2013 - 2:59am
Article posted on: Thu, 04/07/2013 - 10:15pm

Ian Puleston-Davies opens up the Mail on Sunday

Ian Puleston-Davies article in the Mail on Sunday

OCD-UK Patron, Ian Puleston-Davies spoke at length and bravely opened up about his OCD in an interview for today’s Mail on Sunday.

You can read the full article on the Mail on Sunday website by clicking here.

Article posted on: Sun, 16/06/2013 - 1:43pm

OCD-UK Buzzing at Kerrang!

OCD-UK on the big Kerrang! screen

Buzzing is how we feel this morning after OCD-UK were involved in last night's Kerrang! music awards, in the presence of some amazing artists, including the Legends that are Queen!

Through the support of the magazine's editor James McMahon, OCD-UK were invited to be the official charity partner for the event, which allowed the charity to reach an audience of 400-500 rock stars and fans, helping us to highlight OCD and the impact it can have on those of us that suffer. Guests at the awards had OCD Awareness Postcard on their tables which have been designed to help people think differently about OCD, (details of those in the June Compulsive Reading). 

Article posted on: Fri, 14/06/2013 - 3:14pm

OCD is not about being tidy - Sarah shares her story

Sarah Hamilton shared her story for OCD-UK

OCD is not about being tidy, it is a mental illness that sometimes makes me think suicide is the only way out.

OCD could have robbed Sarah Harrington of motherhood – and her life. The 35-year-old shares her story for OCD-UK to Wendy Roberts of the Derby Evening Telegraph.

Article posted on: Wed, 20/03/2013 - 11:43am

OC Cleaners - Response from Professor Salkovskis

Professor Paul Salkovskis

Our concerns about Channel 4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners have also been echoed by one of the leading OCD experts, Professor Paul Salkovskis.

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners
I first heard about what I presume was this programme when I was contacted by the Production Company, Betty TV. They floated the idea with me. I was horrified and I expressed my concerns with detailed reasons (all of which concerns have now been realised in the actual programmes).

Article posted on: Tue, 05/03/2013 - 5:49pm

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners Complaint

Over the last three weeks we have been publishing feedback about the Channel 4 series, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Unfortuntely episode three viewing figures have increased from episode two back up above the two million mark, which means the programme could receive a commission for a new series. This is why we remain incredulous at Channel 4’s continuing dismissive response to our concerns about the programme, at the time of writing.

This continuous dismissive nature of Channel 4 to complaints about the programme can perhaps be best illustrated by the following comment made by the official Channel 4's verified account @ch4insider Twitter account yesterday (Sunday) "An infuriated viewer is an engaged viewer.", which appears to be a response to a Tweet that was critical of the programme.

Despite constant communication for the last three weeks with Channel 4's disability advisor and the programmes commissioning editor, it seems that they are seeing our concerns, but not actually hearing them and because we have not been given assurances that lessons have been learned and a new series won't be commissioned, we feel that we have no choice now but to make a formal complaint. Therefore we have formally submitted a letter of complaint to the Channel 4 Chief Executive, David Abraham. We are now in the process of submitting a formal complaint to Ofcom based on the fact that our concerns have been ignored by Channel 4 pre and post broadcast (possibly in breach of Ofcom Broadcasting Code 2.2 and 2.3). We encourage all those that feel this programme is a trivialisation and misrepresentation about OCD to do likewise by importantly contacting Ofcom by clicking here, and then writing (rather than emailing) to Mr Abraham and requesting a response to your concerns:

Article posted on: Mon, 04/03/2013 - 10:30am


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