I’ve been a big fan of Intervention from the get-go — I mean, I’m not above making the “I’m addicted to this show” joke, but honest to goodness, I think Intervention de-sensationalizes addiction and gives the audience meaningful insights into and contexts for substance abuse and recovery. So I was weirdly excited when A&E launched its new docuseries Obsessed, which follows people as they enter cognitive behavioral therapy to cope with OCD.
I have not been disappointed! Obsessed has found some surprising presentations of OCD — say, Helen, the woman who “routinely” puts on the clothes her father was wearing when he died in a car crash among other compulsions — but all four people in the two episodes that have aired so far have made huge, huge progress in a mere 12 weeks of therapy. “I don’t want to live,” sobs Helen at the beginning of the episode, but after a few months of treatment, she’s conquered her fear of driving on the highway, has visited her parents’ graves for the first time, and has learned how to have a pretty normal life.Tonight’s episode follows Rick, who exercises compulsively, and Nidia, whose obsessive cleanliness has landed her in the hospital twice.
According to one of the doctors on the show, the premise of therapy is to give people tools to deal with the problem. “That’s the nature of OCD — we can’t control our thoughts, but we can control our response to them.” That’s pretty good advice, OCD or no OCD.
Have you been watching Obsessed, PopWatchers? Do you like it as much as I do?