Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Megan Eatman, Committee Chair
Dr. Jillian Weise
Dr. Jonathan Field
To live with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is to live a life constantly misrepresented and misunderstood. By investigating the types of representations of the disorder found in popular visual media, one can surmise the drastic disparity that exists between the lived experience of OCD and the visually locked in version commonly shows to audiences. Comparing these representations with clinical, experiential, and anecdotal evidence leads to the conclusion that popular media, as well as society writ large, are primarily focused on appropriating and trivializing the compulsive behaviors of those with OCD while altogether neglecting the harsh reality of the intrusive thoughts that drive them.
Martin, Sam, "Madness in the Media: Demystifying the Emergence of an OCD Trope in Television" (2017). All Theses. 2724.