VH1 Picks Up ‘The OCD Project’

Obsessive-compulsive disorder gets its moment in the reality spotlight

Last Updated: April 29, 2010 @ 2:41 PM

If two series about eating disorders (on E! and OWN) aren’t enough for you, VH1 launches "The OCD Project" on Thursday, May 27, at 10 p.m.

In the series’ eight hourlong episodes, renowned anxiety specialist Dr. David Tolin facilitates the treatment of six people with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The six people will live together in a house and participate in 21 days of immersive therapy called "exposure and response prevention," wiht the goal of getting them to face their fears and better their lives, says VH1.

OCD is a disorder of the brain that causes people to experience obsessive thoughts, images, ideas or impulses — and they can’t get past them.

The people in VH1’s show are far beyond the "garden variety" symptoms associated with mild OCD: fear of contamination and germs, excessive hand-washing and "re-checking" behavior. Ranging in age from 18 to 45, these people battle obsessions that revolve around more intense, irrational fears alleviated only by never-ending rituals: the fear of killing a pedestrian every time they are behind the wheel of a car, or of causing a child to develop cancer, or morphing into a serial killer.

For a sneak peek at the season’s first episode, go to VH1.com starting Monday, May 24. Subsequent episodes will be available on VH1.com the morning after they air, along with additional video content from the show including clips of Dr. Tolin answering viewer questions.

"The OCD Project" is executive produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Adam Greener and Matt Assmus for 3 Ball Productions. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, and Noah Pollack are executive producers for VH1.

Josef Adalian is on vacation this week.