My Strange Addiction

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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OCD docuseries is more voyeuristic than informative.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series reveals some of the more unique addictions that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder struggle with. While it focuses on the importance of getting help with these problems, it does so without offering extensive details about their specific addiction, what causes them, or how to cope with/overcome them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Therapists, friends, and family offer a genuine concern about the troubled people featured here and want to help them.


Contains images of people’s burned skin and other injuries that result from their obsessive behavior.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the people featured here have gone from being addicted to drugs/alcohol to other destructive behaviors.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series features people struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorders. The frequent scenes showing them engage in this behavior, or the wounds that occur as a result, may be disturbing to young and/or sensitive viewers. Limited information is offered about the cause and/or cure of these behaviors.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byprotectourkidsnow May 6, 2014

Self Harm I

This show is so disturbing to me, I can't believe it's on the air. My close friend have an 11 year old who secretly watched it and started self harmin... Continue reading
Adult Written bycaffinegirl85 January 9, 2012

good show proves its alright to be abnormal!

this is a good show if you have a very strange addiction or if you suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . i mean some of these people have the weirdest add... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 March 5, 2012

Good show for preteens and older

I've seen some episodes of this show and it's pretty good. It has mostly tame content for kids, and has positive messages about helping others and not... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybraedvon April 25, 2020

My Strange Addiction (TV-14 - DLS)

My Strange Addiction is a show that I don’t recommend for children and younger teens. Some of people’s problem revolves over fetishes and “turn ons”. Language s... Continue reading

What's the story?

MY STRANGE ADDICTION tells the stories of people who are struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorders. Cameras follow as they engage in addictive behavior like eating toilet paper, sleeping with their blow dryers, and extreme exercising. First-time meetings with psychological experts are also featured.

Is it any good?

The series takes a superficial look at some people’s disturbing and dangerous obsessions that have the potential to mutilate their bodies and/or potentially kill them. It also features conversations with concerned friends and family members who mean well, but are unable to offer the support needed to curb their behavior.

Brief interviews and meetings with therapists reveal the importance of dealing with compulsive behaviors, but the series doesn’t offer a lot of detail about the actual compulsions or what leads to them. As a result, the images of people engaging in these behaviors seem more voyeuristic than educational.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about obsessive-compulsive disorder. What do you know about these kinds of addictive behaviors? If you or someone you know seems to engage in these kind of behaviors, where can you go to get help?

  • When do images intended to shed light on a person’s symptoms or behavior become too much? What is the difference between being informative and being voyeuristic?

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 29, 2010
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: March 14, 2020

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