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Howie Mandel And Other Celebs With Serious OCD

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. Keep reading »

OCD On VH1

We’re all a little bit crazy. I know I am. After battling a bout of depression in my teens, going through therapy in my 20s, and ultimately becoming a happy, more well-adjusted person, I decided to get my masters in psychology. Why? Because people are endlessly fascinating and complex. So I get a little too excited watching shows like “Intervention,” “Obsessed,” and “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Sometimes my friends make fun of me, pointing out that I am the one who is “addicted” or “obsessed” with these shows. Laugh all you want, but I don’t watch because I get off on other people’s problems. I just think it’s important to have empathy for what other people are going through. I watch to be a better person, darn it. And that’s why I am so psyched that VH1 has created a new reality series that follows people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Keep reading »

Folding Clothes Is Just Not That Serious

One of the greatest lessons I learned while working at New York & Company in my early-’20s was how to half fold a T-shirt. It’s pretty basic…you just fold the shirt in half and then fold the sleeves over the front. But the genius is that you can fit about 10 shirts in a space that would normally hold about three traditionally folded ones. Thankfully though, I’m not an obsessive folder, someone who continues to fold and organize their clothing as if they still worked in a clothing store. But I have to tell you these people do exist. And they’re letting their retail pasts and ideas of folding perfection affect their marriages and clothing choices — according to a Wall Street Journal article, some actually select clothes based on an item’s foldability. You know, it’s kind of sad that these people, who say they can’t help themselves, weren’t able to deprogram after the long hours of folding T-shirts, jeans and even panties. (Yes, we actually had to fold panties. And for this reason my underwear drawer now looks like a tangled mess.) But then again, I bet their closets are amazingly immaculate, a feat we all can envy. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

I Am Neurotic And So Are You!

I’ve thought for a very long time that I have some sort of O.C.D. because I can’t function during the day if my bed is unmade and can spot a dust bunny from 20 feet away. But then I heard about this site, i am neurotic, where people submit examples of their own wakcy neurosis, and realized I am totally pretty normal. But wow, do people have funny, interesting little things they have to do in order to remain sane during their every day lives, like:

  • “I cannot poop if my shirt is all the way on. I have to put one arm out of my sleeve, and put that side of my shirt on my shoulder. I also find it hard to poop with my shoes on, and will take them off if I’m at home. If I’m out and about I will suffer through the shoe thing, but not the shirt.”
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