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Posted On: 7th Jan 2013

OCD Childhood Film

Fixer 'Tom' does not wish to reveal his identity
Child actor in the Fixer film

A young man whose friend suffered childhood abuse from his mentally ill mother has created a film to raise awareness of the long-term mental effects abuse can have.

 

'Tom' (22) – who did not wish to reveal his real name – had a traumatic childhood as his mother suffered from untreated mental illnesses including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia, and depression.

 

The film, which is a mixture of narrative and reconstruction, was created by another Fixer, Kyle Bell (20), who found the story of the young man inspiring and courageous.

 

Tom's mother’s erratic behaviour included doing everything an even number of times – whether the task was good or bad – and sometimes led to violent outbursts towards Tom if the pattern was disturbed.

 

All school items were banned from the house, meaning Tom had to prepare for school in a nearby field. Also only two children were allowed in the downstairs of the house at any one time, and a fridge was rejected from the house meaning Tom regularly ate mouldy food.

 

Pictured are two actors used in the filming process. Watch Tom and Kyle's Fixers film above. 

 

For more information about OCD, visit the OCD Action website or the Mind website.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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