OCD Action's response to new ITV show

This week, ITV is airing a new daytime programme, which follows Nik and Eva Speakman as they attempt to cure all matter of phobias and mental health conditions. One of the episodes, which aired earlier this week, centred around a girl with OCD, whose compulsions involved biting, smelling and touching things. Following her short visit to the Speakmans, she was apparently cured of her OCD.

At OCD Action we are concerned that this show portrays a miracle cure for OCD, based on unproven methods and that this could deter people struggling with OCD from seeking out approved treatments which have gone through a rigorous process of evaluation and shown to be effective. 

If you would like any support or information about how you can seek appropriate treatment for OCD please call our helpline on 0845 3906232.


truddles's picture
July 17, 2014 at 09:24am

I'm flabbergasted  

It's the twenty first century and yet we are still being subjected to this sort of second rate media sensationalism and quackery, neither are qualified therapists and don't seem to understand what OCD actually is.

So the method is that we all need to instantaneously grow up? If it were that simple the NHS would have picked up on this method years ago as if it were true it would have saved a considerable amount of time and money.

The scenes where she was shown driving turned my stomach. Legally she shouldn't have been behind the wheel and certainly wouldn't have been covered by insurance if she'd had an accident.

I do hope that this programme doesn't make anyone who is struggling with CBT feel despondent or a failure. It takes us ages to get into the mess that OCD creates and so it takes ages to get ourselves out of the mess.

Lizzie71's picture
July 17, 2014 at 02:03pm

I cannot believe that ITV have been so irresponsible to televise such absolute rubbish. I'd like to know where Ashlea is now and how she's getting on.... Bet your bottom dollar she'll be back to where she was. 

If OCD was as simple and instant to overcome then there wouldn't be millions of people around the world suffering from this debilitating disorder.

People can overcome OCD with the right support, determination and hard work and it takes time.

What message does this drivel of a television programme give to suffers of OCD, their families, friends and the general public. It basically suggests that OCD rituals are stupid and easy to overcome and we all know that whilst we suffers may recognise that we are being irrational, we are not stupid and it is most definitely not so easy to overcome! 

I could not believe what I was watching. And it's all in the name of money.