Last week we published our feedback about the Channel 4 programme, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners which was broadcast on Wednesday night. Today we hear from one OCD specialist, clinical psychologist, Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald.
Having watched the first episode of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners I have mixed emotions about the programme but my over-riding feeling is one of sadness. I feel here was a wonderful opportunity to promote awareness and reduce stigma of a debilitating mental health condition, which was not only missed, but instead used to endorse a stereotype that clinicians and sufferers know to be untrue.
Having not been involved in conversations with the production company, it is difficult to comment, but my understanding is that they have stated that there was no intended link to OCD. However, 'obsessions' and 'compulsions' form the diagnostic criteria of OCD, so by calling the programme 'Obsessive Compulsive' cleaners, they are referring directly to the condition, whether this was intentional or not.