Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

OC87; A Personal Story of Mental Illness

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “man, my life would make a good reality tv show (or) documentary, wouldn’t it be great if people could look at what living with mental illness is actually like?”

I have, admittedly, and I sometimes fantasize about being followed around by cameras when I’m bursting into tears for no reason at the grocery store or attempting to convince doctors or other health providers to see me for free. Does the general population understand what many of us go through to try to receive care or improve our situations with these various disorders?

I think the answer is decidedly, “no”.

Well, this is apparently a pretty widespread idea, and a man named Bud Clayman is the focus of a new documentary called “OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie.”

I know I mentioned OC87 in passing last week, but I wanted to take a bit of a closer look at it.

The film, currently open in New York (but said to be soon opening more widely across the country) follows 51 year old Clayman for two years as he receives treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and actually is diagnosed for the first time (over the course of filming) with Asberger’s Syndrome as well.

The LA Times article says that Clayman first wrote an essay about how therapy has helped him, then decided to make a documentary about it.

So far OC87 has gotten some great reviews, so if it comes to Seattle I know I would definitely be interested in checking it out. I think I am curious, more than anything, about how someone would present these sorts of behavioral issues on film.

As far as the trailer goes, I was really impressed with it. I would definitely suggest checking it out if you haven’t yet!

For more on OC87 you can read more in the LA Times here, as well as check out the trailer here!