Love and OCD

The piece came about as I was thinking of ideas for my first radio documentary. I wanted to find a good personal story and early on I began to think about how mental illness can affect people in relationships. I was especially keen to explore how it can impact the other partner in the relationship, as mental illness affects so many more than just the person experiencing it.

Even though I have no personal experience with OCD, I think it is a mental illness easily misunderstood and stigmatised. It’s not just about locking the door ten times before you leave the house; it also really affects thinking patterns and the ability to be intimate with someone by giving up routines. For someone experiencing this, it’s really important to deal with it and get proper help. I therefore was glad to find a psychologist who could explain how it manifests in different ways and how essentially love sometimes is the best kind of therapy.

Something I’m especially happy about with this story is how I was able to tell it with me completely absent. It can be tricky to guide the listener for ten minutes without a journalist to narrate, but I think it worked here as my interviewees were really good storytellers.

I also got to experiment with music and that’s what took the longest time in the editing process. It’s really enjoyable to be creative like that and see how much a song can change the tone.

You can hear Miriam’s story as part of #1419 Love + [Complication] here.

#1419 Love + [Complication]

Love stories are hard to avoid – they’re woven through pop songs, the plots of films and every TV show. Often they’re presented as complicated, but how often do we stop and think about the complications in each other’s love stories? Today we bring you two. They’re familiar in their cups or tea and their little confusions but they both have complications many of us have never had to face.


Love and OCD 

Produced by Miriam Alvberg

Music Credits: ‘Love is a Losing Game’ by Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’ by Beyoncé and Andre 3000, ‘Missing (instrumental)’ by XX, ‘Smoke’ by Moddi, ‘Blue Jeans’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘I Know Places’ by Lykke Li, ‘Oblivion’  by Susanne Sundfør feat. M83, ‘Little Numbers’ by BOY


Defying the Odds

Produced by Zoe Ferguson

Music Credits:  ‘Serendipity’ by Tom Middleton, ‘Sweetheart, what have you done to us’ by Keaton Henson, ‘Small Hands’ by Keaton Henson


Music Credit: ‘Take Me as I Am’ by Au Revoir Simone

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Namor Trebat