Ever since I found out that Howie Mandel has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, I’ve semi-obsessively watched “Deal Or No Deal” waiting to see how Howie reacts during those awkward moments when a contestant tries to hug him. Howie’s OCD is no joke—it’s seriously limited his life, and he’s writing a memoir about it called “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” In the book, he’ll reveal much more about his battle with the disease than the nuggets he’s given us so far: that he hasn’t shaken anyone’s hand since 2001, that he walks around his house with a face mask and gloves on, that he is so afraid of public restrooms that he can only use the bathroom at home, and that he shaves his head because it makes him feel cleaner. [Wikipedia]
I am completely and thoroughly fascinated with OCD, so you better believe that I will be picking up Howie’s memoir the day it comes out in November. And I’m also counting the minutes until VH1′s “OCD Project,” which will be like a “Real World” for OCD sufferers undergoing treatment. But since it’ll be a while until either of these comes out, here are some details about other famous OCD suffers to tide you over.
- Hot hot hottie David Beckham did a television interview about having OCD in 2006. He spends hours straightening furniture in his house, and constantly needs everything to be in straight lines or pairs. “If you open our fridge, it’s all co-ordinated down either side,” added Victoria Beckham. “We’ve got three fridges—food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there’s three cans of Diet Coke, he’d throw one away rather than having three, because it has to be an even number.” [Daily Mail]
- Marc Summers may have been the host of “Double Dare,” which sent kids rooting through oversized noses filled with goop while looking for flags. But at home, his OCD had the best of him. In 1997, he appeared on “Dateline” to talk about it, and revealed that he would spend hours on his knees in his house straightening the fringe on a rug. Oh, and then there was the time he dust-busted a kid in his house who was making cookies and had flour in his lap, lest he track it around the house. [YouTube]
- Billy Bob Thornton thinks his OCD rituals contributed to his marriage with Angelina Jolie falling apart. In 2004, he told “Dateline” that he’s constantly doing math in his head and counting, thanks to the disease. [MSNBC]
- Cameron Diaz has never used the word OCD to describe herself, but she certainly fits the bill. She keeps her house immaculate, and says she’s constantly washing her hands. She also refuses to touch doorknobs or handles. “I’m not scared of germs. I’m just aware of them,” Diaz says. “I’m not into other people’s fluids unless I know them really well.” [Time]