A PRISM Award for the "Dr. Phil" Show
I am so proud to say that a show we did earlier this year on OCD — obsessive-compulsive disorder — has won a prestigious PRISM Award from the Entertainment Industries Council. The council puts on a nationally-televised awards show recognizing the best and most accurate depictions of substance abuse and addiction, as well as mental health issues, in film, television, interactive media, music, DVD and comic book entertainment. PRISM Award submissions are put through a rigorous nomination review process, judged by members of the creative community and scientific experts for “entertainment value,” “accessibility of the message,” and “scientific accuracy.” After all the submissions were reviewed, our OCD show was recognized as the “Best Talk Show Episode.”
Part of our goal at Dr. Phil is to open up a dialogue about mental health and mental illness. We want you to know that whatever you’re facing, you don’t have to be ashamed about it. It is estimated that 2.2 million American adults live with OCD. Some clean their houses for hours on end. Others wash their hands up to 30 times a day. Still others spend much of their days checking to make sure their doors are locked or their appliances turned off.
But what we did on our show was not just talking about this baffling disease. We discussed solutions. We went into depth about the treatments that are now out there that can turn people’s lives around. We offered hope.
Congratulations to everyone on my staff who worked on the show. You can find it here, and you can also find additional links on DrPhil.com that not only will provide you with invaluable insight into OCD but also offer places to go for help and treatment. And, as always, I would love to hear from those of you who are dealing with this disease and have stories to share.