Just because they're in the spotlight and constantly hounded by paparazzi doesn't mean that they're not like us. Sure, it's their faces on the magazines at the checkout counters instead of ours, but more often than one might think, despite their glamorous-filled lives, they're hiding behind their own issues and disorders.
Here are just a few celebrities and famous people who suffer and deal with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, aka OCD.
Did you know that the co-star of the highly praised Titanic film had OCD? DiCaprio has admitted that as he walks along sidewalks he must purposely step on every chewing gum stain, and that he often fights the urge to walk through doorways more than once. However, he understands that once in a while he's taking it to far, even telling himself,
"OK, you're being ridiculous, stop stepping on every gum stain you see. You don't need to do that. You don't need to walk 20ft back and put your foot on that thing. Nothing bad is going to happen."
If there's any celebrity who's trademark is their OCD quirks, it's Howie Mandel. Shaving his head head because it "makes him feel cleaner", Howie suffers from an intense fear of germs, or Mysophobia. When coming into contact with others, he will avoid handshakes to the best of his ability, usually opting for a closed-handed fist bump, a hand on the shoulder, and sometimes even a hug instead.
Aside from constantly making jokes about it on television, Howie has even written a humorous autobiography titled 'Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me' that goes in-depth about his OCD and even his ADHD.
Want to see one of the funniest Howie vs. Germs moments? Watch the video to the right of him as a judge for America's Got Talent when one of the contestants performed a magic trick that was more than Howie could handle!
Megan Fox has herself admitted to having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Though never going into too much depth about it, she has voiced how she felt about being clean - she likes, no, needs to be as clean as possible, and even goes as far as not using the silverware in restaurants because millions of others have touched them.
“Putting my mouth where a million other mouths have been, just knowing all the bacteria you carry in your mouth? Ucch!”
The soccer star is one of the most well known athletes with OCD. Besides making sure his clothes are color coordinated, his wife, Victoria, has even opened up about how his OCD affects the household.
'If you open our fridge, it's all co-ordinated down either side. We've got three fridges. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there's three cans of Diet Coke, he'd throw one away rather than having three, because it has to be an even number."
The 30 Rock star's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder comes in the form of cleaning. He'll notice when things are out of place, even if it's something small like a book, and despite having a housekeeper, he'll find himself rinsing out glasses in his kitchen. He's also risked missing flights because of his need for neatness and cleanliness.
"I will literally be leaving my apartment in New York and I've got to go to the airport . . . A voice will say to me, 'Move the snowglobe to the right three inches."
Billy Bob Thornton
Would you believe that when getting the mail, Billy Bob Thorton would take out the mail and put it back into the mailbox three times before heading back up his driveway? Apparently it's how he met his good friend, the late Warren Zevon, who was also affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - the two would often spend nights arguing about who had it worse!
"He saw me at the mailbox taking my mail out and putting it back three times, and he said, 'You have that too, huh?'"
Did you know that Frank Sinatra was affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? In one of Barbara Sinatra's memoirs, she revealed how Frank was a very clean and neat person, often taking up to 12 showers a day. I'd hate to have been the one paying his water bill!
Having admitted that she has OCD herself, the California Gurls pop star and ex-wife of Russel Brand says that her OCD-side begins to really show when she's on tour in the form of freak outs over tiny problems. Broken makeup in her purse, animal hair on her clothes, and even the smallest of smudges on a pair of sunglasses will have her up in arms.
If you remember watching Double Dare on Nickelodeon, then chances are you can identify the host of the show, Marc Summers. Despite being the voice of a show that promotes messiness and even finding himself covered in slime himself, Marc Summers was heavily affected by OCD. Switching between his messy carefree career and his highly hygienic personal life, Marc would take a shower at the studio and then another when he got home.
- What It's Like to Suffer (and Benefit!) from OCD
When most people think of OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, they think of unwanted thoughts and annoying repetitive behavior. What a lot of people don't realize is that OCD can be just as much a blessing as it is a curse!
- Books to Help Overcome OCD for Kids and Adults
It's been proven that, instead of medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the best method of dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Following those guidelines, here's a list of some great self-help books for both children and adults to help
Daniel J Hurst from London on November 27, 2018:
Interesting stuff. John Lennon also had OCD. He was obsessed with washing his hands Lady Macbeth style. And of course Howard Hughes had it bad.
Daniel J Hurst from London on June 21, 2018:
John Lennon is another example. He had that Lady Macbeth hand washing thing, particularly in the early seventies, coincidentally when he was excessively drinking and drugging.
Suzie from Carson City on February 26, 2012:
I'm not sure I know what a "gum stain" is??? Sounds rather bizarre that L.DiCaprio would insist on stepping on something that would stick to the bottom of his shoe....if there's a "stain" on the ground (concrete?) from gum.....I wonder, who's the weirdo going around scraping gum up off the ground?? Something seriously wrong with Leo's write-up.
I knew about Howie. I think everyone does.
This was interesting, I suppose. Nothing shocking about celebrities having OCD or any other issue. They're just people like the rest of us. Having a career in show business does not make one non-human.
bryanbaldwin from Los Angeles on February 24, 2012:
Great hub! I knew a few of these but there were some interesting surprises. Marc Summers of Double Dare!!! Whoot!!
Kay B (author) from Tampa, FL on February 24, 2012:
Thank you very much! Yes, OCD is pretty crazy, but it helps to know that there are famous people who have it too :)
Mary from Cronulla NSW on February 24, 2012:
I found this most interesting, thank you for writing, I have worked with students with this puzzling and complex problem, and it can be quite despairing for them and difficult to understand if you suffer with it. Good to see some of our celebs talk about it and learn how to manage it. Voted up