Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

We have had a lot of people contact us recently about the Channel 4 programme “Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.” For the most part, people have been upset and frustrated about the way in which the programme portrays OCD. We share this frustration

What we can do about it

It is probably fair to say that 10 years ago few people had heard about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It was not a term in common use, there were no “celebrity sufferers” and the media was largely uninterested.

Today the term “OCD” is in much wider use. There is certainly more media coverage and a general sense of what it is. But with the wider usage of “OCD” has come a huge amount of misunderstanding. Not enough people understand the severity of the disorder. Too many people think that it is just a set of quirks.

We must get to a point where not only do more people know the term “OCD” but they also understand the real and devastating impact it has on peoples’ lives.

To do this we need more people affected by OCD to share their story with the media. We need them to be able to tell their story of how OCD has impacted on their lives. We need to show the various types of OCD and we need to show how it can be overcome.

Although OCD Action was not involved with this programme we do think that anyone with OCD who is willing to share their experience with the media and show the reality of OCD is incredibly brave.

Hayley, one of the individuals featured in “Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners”,  has spoken to us and agreed to share her story which you can read here.I am sure that you will find it moving and inspirational.