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OCD on the big screen

Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in the Aviator.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is often featured on TV documentaries and programmes, but what about that Hollywood touch with OCD in big budget films and dramas? We have compiled a list of films that we know about, let us know if there are other films we need to add to our OCD library of films/dramas.

  • Dirty Filthy Love - Co-written by our patron, Ian Puleston Davies (currently playing Owen in Corrie). Currently out of DVD production, but available to view online via Lovefilm.
  • The Aviator - Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. The OCD advisor on this film was Brain Lock author, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz.
  • As Good As It Get - Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
  • Monk - This is a long running American TV comedy crime drama starring Tony Shalhoub as psychologically unstable ex-police detective Adrian Monk who suffers with OCD.
  • Matchstick Men - This film does not mention OCD by name, but the character played by Nicholas Cage portrays OCD symptoms throughout the film.
  • What About Bob? - Bill Murray plays a character with various phobias.
  • Color of Night - Bruce Willis plays a psychiatrist who is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group. The therapy group includes characters with OCD. (18 - contains adult content)
  • Friends - Throughout the series Monica exhibits compulsive cleaning traits, although she seems to gain pleasure from it, so would this be considered OCD?

So tell us what you think? Watched any of these films/programmes, which are more realistic than others? Do send in your reviews and we will add to this page over the next few weeks.

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