Parents' Guide to

The OCD Project

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

OCD reality show is informative, but also voyeuristic.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2010
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The series highlights the debilitating effects of OCD, which has the potential to cause people to lose complete control over their lives. It reveals some of the reasons why people develop it, which often include traumatic childhood experiences. It also shows how some OCD sufferers may have other psychiatric issues that often go untreated because of their struggle with the disorder.

The show is informative, but it is also uncomfortably voyeuristic, especially when patients are shown being overcome by their compulsions. Tolin's methods, which he claims are intended to produce major life-changing results in a short period of time, sometimes seem a little over-the-top. The high expectations he places on his patients and on his treatments (like licking shoes and throwing fake babies at moving cars) might also leave viewers questioning some of the motives behind the show. This aside, the series successfully underscores how difficult it is to lives with OCD, and the efforts that are being made to help people overcome it. While not a perfect educational tool, parents might find the show a useful conversation starter for an issue that usually manifests itself in the early years.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 27, 2010
  • Cast: David Tolin
  • Network: VH1
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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