Is the title of an excellent documentary on mental illness that was broadcast this evening on British television. The documentary features four young people as they cope with what is a very debilitating illness that tries to destroy their everyday existence.
I’ve dealt with OCD before on the blog, and the thought processes that are put into operation to help cope with it. I alluded the brain coping with OCD to an electrical circuit. The thoughts have nowhere to go, until a factor comes along to break the circuit. Touching objects, being obsessive about cleanliness and hygiene, and ordering objects are just three typical traits of OCD.
Superb documentary to watch and I enjoy watching these kind of programmes, because this is real life, instead of the half baked rest of the TV schedules which fail to inspire on a daily basis. Watching how others cope with an illness does nothing but educate us as to the why’s and wherefores of how the brain reacts in the way it does.
One person better for the education was the father of a lady that was due to get married. He seemed fairly non committal about his daughter’s condition, but constant reminders on a daily basis has changed his opinion. We can all be better educated about mental illness.
Me? I don’t have OCD to the point it takes over my life. I check plug sockets and gas cooker knobs before I go out, just in case I’ve left something on. I haven’t of course, but it’s the fear of something that will not happen that overtakes. My OCD is mild, and doesn’t destroy my way of life. I’ve got other problems that attempt to, though!
Fair play to the people in the documentary that allowed themselves to open up to the public about what it is like to live with OCD. It is no laughing matter. Knowledge is power. We need to keep learning all the time!
Allen Brooks xx