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You Down With OCD?

by Wing Chun January 10, 2006
Intervention: “Gabe And Vanessa”

Vanessa lies in bed in her cute little bachelor, watching a shopping channel. BSOSF: "Vanessa has wanted to be a movie star for as long as she can remember." Over a montage of her baby pictures, she tells us that she decided at age three that she would be the next Judy Garland or Shirley Temple: "Movie stars were loved by people, and so I wanted to be loved." Back in Naomi's boutique, Vanessa dances toward the till and tells an clerk, "Gimme the damage, and say it quick." It's $670.01. Wow, I hope there's, like, a winter coat and a really nice pair of boots somewhere in that purchase. Vanessa flicks through an envelope and counts out the amount in cash, adding a penny on the stack of Benjamins. In her crying voice-over, she says, "If I continue to keep my credit cards, I will continue to go through my savings, and it's not like I really have very much." She makes a purchase in another store and says, "And if I cut up my cards, I have nothing -- nothing to comfort me. If I don't, I'm in trouble." We cut from a shot of a giddy Vanessa, immediately post-shop, happily counting out her bags, to interview Vanessa, sobbing, "Because it won't stop."

As Vanessa walks through a department store, a chyron reads, "Vanessa's friends worry that her addiction is growing worse." A friend reminds Vanessa that she was "doing so well." She agrees that she wasn't buying anything, "and then, boom. It just exploded." Karla, the friend, explains that when Vanessa was last going through a shop-happy phase, she was working a lot and making a lot of money, so Karla wasn't concerned. Now Vanessa isn't working and is shopping like mad anyway, so Karla is very concerned. In the middle of a department store -- the best place to share information like this -- Vanessa tells Karla, "The agoraphobia sort of takes control, and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to leave the house." Karla asks if that feeling doesn't occur when she goes to a mall, and Vanessa says she never shops by herself: "I'm only here because you guys are here."

Another friend, Laura, says that it's always fun to hang out with Vanessa, but that it's frustrating to watch her engaging in behaviours that are self-destructive. Karla asks, "So then you're mainly just ordering over the phone?" Vanessa confirms that she's at home every day, and can't go out at all: "I can't walk to the corner without having a panic attack." I sort of, kind of wonder how much of this is just Vanessa being dramatic, since she's...you know, out, in a mall, apparently not panicking at all, but maybe she's just having an exceptionally good day, and we're not seeing the many times when she makes plans with her friends and then calls them at the last minute to say she's not feeling up to leaving her apartment. I also wonder why, if her friends are so concerned about her shopping, they don't suggest that they hang out at a restaurant or the zoo or a park instead of the mall, but then I suppose this is somewhat staged for the cameras.

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You Down With OCD?

by Wing Chun January 10, 2006
Intervention: “Gabe And Vanessa”

Vanessa lies in bed in her cute little bachelor, watching a shopping channel. BSOSF: "Vanessa has wanted to be a movie star for as long as she can remember." Over a montage of her baby pictures, she tells us that she decided at age three that she would be the next Judy Garland or Shirley Temple: "Movie stars were loved by people, and so I wanted to be loved." Back in Naomi's boutique, Vanessa dances toward the till and tells an clerk, "Gimme the damage, and say it quick." It's $670.01. Wow, I hope there's, like, a winter coat and a really nice pair of boots somewhere in that purchase. Vanessa flicks through an envelope and counts out the amount in cash, adding a penny on the stack of Benjamins. In her crying voice-over, she says, "If I continue to keep my credit cards, I will continue to go through my savings, and it's not like I really have very much." She makes a purchase in another store and says, "And if I cut up my cards, I have nothing -- nothing to comfort me. If I don't, I'm in trouble." We cut from a shot of a giddy Vanessa, immediately post-shop, happily counting out her bags, to interview Vanessa, sobbing, "Because it won't stop."

As Vanessa walks through a department store, a chyron reads, "Vanessa's friends worry that her addiction is growing worse." A friend reminds Vanessa that she was "doing so well." She agrees that she wasn't buying anything, "and then, boom. It just exploded." Karla, the friend, explains that when Vanessa was last going through a shop-happy phase, she was working a lot and making a lot of money, so Karla wasn't concerned. Now Vanessa isn't working and is shopping like mad anyway, so Karla is very concerned. In the middle of a department store -- the best place to share information like this -- Vanessa tells Karla, "The agoraphobia sort of takes control, and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to leave the house." Karla asks if that feeling doesn't occur when she goes to a mall, and Vanessa says she never shops by herself: "I'm only here because you guys are here."

Another friend, Laura, says that it's always fun to hang out with Vanessa, but that it's frustrating to watch her engaging in behaviours that are self-destructive. Karla asks, "So then you're mainly just ordering over the phone?" Vanessa confirms that she's at home every day, and can't go out at all: "I can't walk to the corner without having a panic attack." I sort of, kind of wonder how much of this is just Vanessa being dramatic, since she's...you know, out, in a mall, apparently not panicking at all, but maybe she's just having an exceptionally good day, and we're not seeing the many times when she makes plans with her friends and then calls them at the last minute to say she's not feeling up to leaving her apartment. I also wonder why, if her friends are so concerned about her shopping, they don't suggest that they hang out at a restaurant or the zoo or a park instead of the mall, but then I suppose this is somewhat staged for the cameras.

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