You Can’t Ask That: May 12

Osher Gunsberg was diagnosed with OCD at 40. Tonight he answers mental health questions on ABC.

You Can’t Ask That tonight tackles questions around Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

According to SANE Australia, roughly 1 in 50 Australians have OCD. However, of all mental illnesses, it remains one of the most misunderstood.

People with OCD are plagued by excessive, intrusive, and often highly distressing thoughts (read obsessions) that can lead to repetitive behaviours (read compulsions) aimed at relieving those thoughts.

Simon, who has harm OCD, experiences thoughts of harming himself and thoughts of others being harmed. He uses self-punishment rituals to cope.

When asked: “Does it shit you that people who simply like a clean house describe themselves as ‘a bit OCD?’” He doesn’t mix words. “They use my illness or my sickness like a personality trait. ‘Oh, look, I have all the pens on my desk in f***ing order. That makes me very OCD.’ It’s like, f*** off.”

Osher Gunsberg was diagnosed with OCD at 40. On the You Can’t Ask That set we see a different side to The Bachelor host. Honest and vulnerable in the most powerful way, his reason for sharing his personal mental health story on You Can’t Ask That is very clear.

“People have in their mind an idea of what someone living with a mental illness looks like. But it’s me counting roses in a nice, tailored suit on primetime television. That’s someone living with a mental illness.”

After watching this episode, you’ll never say, “I’m a little bit OCD” again.

9pm Wednesday on ABC.

One Response

  1. OK so we all know mental illness is serious stuff and the consequences can be tragic, but I can’t help asking Osher a light hearted question along the lines of “was counting roses in a tailored suit on primetime tv the root cause of your condition?”

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