Obsessed Season 2 Begins

June 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm 3 comments

Intense and highly personal, A&E’s true-life docuseries OBSESSED™ takes viewers inside the minds and lives of Americans whose anxiety has taken complete command of their existence, making them prisoners of their uncontrollable thoughts and ritualistic behaviors. From OCD to agoraphobia and germophobia, the series documents both the individual’s afflictions and their courageous attempts to defeat and overcome them. Highly trained therapists use desensitatization and exposure therapy, coaching the patients through exposure to the causes of their anxiety until the feelings begin to fade.

The second season of Obsessed will feature some of the most compelling stories to date including:

-A father of two whose overwhelming obsession with odd numbers has left him jobless, living out of his car and unable to function on odd numbered days.

-A man and his two grown daughters who suffer from agoraphobia and are all attempting to break the family “curse” which prevents them from being able to venture more than a few miles from the safety of their homes.

-A musician whose life is completely consumed by hand motion rituals that can take up to 10 hours to complete.

-A recovered alcoholic whose dread of contamination is so extreme that he washes his hands up to 150 times a day for fear that another alcoholic will contaminate him and cause him to return to drinking.

-A young budding artist who believes that her checking, tapping and counting rituals are keeping her mother from dying of cancer.

The show explores the stories of these sufferers as well as the adverse effects their disorders have on their friends and family. Viewers will be moved as patients heal, make amazing progress and slowly but surely take their lives back.

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  • 1. George R. Goodman  |  December 31, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I’ve just completed watching Obsession, Season 1 (on Netflix), and look forward to watching season 2. I’m wondering if in your practice and/or in the series you will deal with scrupulosity and OCD in children. I am mental health therapist (community mental health agency). I work with children who have experienced moderate to severe trauma and abuse. While I do not specialize in CBT, or identify myself as a CBT therapist, I greatly appreciate this approach and would say it’s where I start in therapy with clients. I’m trained in EMDR (as a specialty area of treatment). Anyway, I love the show and would love to see/hear what you have to say about scrupulosity and OCD in children (treatment suggestions). Thanks! and Happy New Year.

    • 2. drshana  |  July 15, 2013 at 2:41 am

      There is no time like the present! I am just now figuring out how to respond to posts. So, Mr. Goodman, if you are still out there I hope that you get this note. Scrupulosity can be very difficult to treat in adults as depending on their insight. The OCD really tricks people into thinking the problem is about religion and not anxiety or distress. Working with children can be easier at times but it depends on the support of family and the religious community. Remember we treat anxiety and not religion so avoid getting into religious discussions. I would be more than happy to discuss the matter with you but this can get lengthy via email. Please feel free to call me.

  • 3. pachie1  |  March 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I am a big fan of Dr.Shana, Ive suffered from depression and now anxiety for most of my life. I really wished I would of gotten the treatment that I see on the show.


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