An estimated two to three percent of the population suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and while most people have heard of OCD, this condition goes far beyond the common stereotypes of excessive hand washing or repetitive behaviors.

Listed by the World Health Organization as one of the 10 most debilitating illnesses on the planet, OCD is an anxiety-related disorder characterized by frequent, intrusive, and unwelcome obsessive thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses, or urges. While there is help available, accessing effective treatment often takes between 14-17 years from the first onset of symptoms due to the stigma attached to OCD.

Featuring real-life accounts of people struggling with OCD, interviews with experts in the field, and visits to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, this Irish documentary provides a greater understanding of this often-misunderstood condition.

On CPTV: Monday, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m.

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