A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series sheds light on what it's like to live and cope with severe anxiety disorders and offers some information about treating them. The patients come from all walks of life.
Violence & Scariness
Anxious patients sometimes lose their cool when undergoing exposure therapy, but thereâ€™s nothing really violent. One patient is dealing with the death of her father in a terrible bus crash; a picture of the bloody car wreckage is shown. The same patient also holds on to her fatherâ€™s bloody clothing from that fatal night.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During therapy, occasional questions come up about sexual functions, but they're asked within a clinical context. Relationship issues are also discussed. One therapist tells her germ-phobic patient a made-up story about her period and a tampon as part of his treatment.
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Words like â€œhellâ€ and â€œdamnâ€ are sometimes heard. Stronger words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
One therapist drives a BMW; at least one patient drives a Ford.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Patients are sometimes shown smoking in response to their anxiety. Social drinking is occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this informative series about people with anxiety disorders doesn't shy away from their struggles and intense treatments and therapies. Although the stories are offered in an educational context and are treated sensitively and respectfully, hearing about some of the events that contributed to the disorders' onset is disturbing and/or heartbreaking. It's not intended for kids, and sensitive viewers of any age may also have a tough time with it.
Is It Any Good?
Obsessed offers an interesting, sensitive look at how anxiety disorders manifest themselves, as well as how these disorders are treated. While it doesn't always delve into the specific reasons why a patient is responding to anxiety in the way that they do, it does offer some general examples of what can trigger certain behaviors. The show also provides details about how these disorders, if left untreated, can get increasingly worse and more debilitating over time.
It's hard to watch the featured patients being trapped by their own anxieties, especially when their loved ones (including children) are shown trying to understand these extreme behaviors. These scenes are a little voyeuristic, but they also underscore the desperation and loneliness felt by the people who suffer from these disorders. And they remind viewers that while the media may often depict these behaviors as being amusing, most real-life obsessions are anything but funny.
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