The Strange Challenge That Almost Gave a Man with OCD a Nervous Breakdown

Aired on 05/21/2008 | CC tv-pg
Brian was a happily married mortgage broker earning six figures a year until his obsessive-compulsive disorder cost him his marriage and his job. His fear of germs had grown so debilitating that he could barely leave the house.

In 2008, Brian attended three days of intense therapy with OCD expert Dr. Jonathan Grayson and Dr. Oz at a camp outside Philadelphia. Dr. Grayson challenged Brian to do something that would be unimaginable even to people who don't have OCD: touch his hands to a toilet seat and then put them in his mouth.

How did Brian handle such a repulsive, seemingly unhygienic task? Watch to find out.

Original airdate: May 21, 2008