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Episode 2: Vanessa

Season 1, Episode 2


Age: 36
Location: Los Angeles, California
Addiction:  Shopping, agoraphobia

(Guest Post by Stefan) What’s Memorable: No other episode of the series has touched on agoraphobia. Also, the fact that she had no family present at the intervention, only friends (Annie, the bulimic dancer from Season 2, is the only other person profiled in the show’s history who can claim this).

Official Synopsis:  Vanessa, who was a recurring character on the long-running medical drama ER, is addicted to shopping. She is heading towards bankruptcy.

Date Aired: March 2005
Interventionist: Tara

Categories: Mental Problems, OCD, Season 1, Shopping, Tara


4 Responses to “Episode 2: Vanessa”

  1. This episode has been missing in all capacities for at least the last five years or so. Here it is if anyone wants to watch it (shared with Gabe the gambler):


    Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2018, 9:43 pm
  2. Vanessa’s Youtube channel, which features some updates. She seems to still have struggles, but it otherwise happy:


    Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2018, 9:49 pm
  3. The intro clip for the episode can be found on Youtube:

    Posted by Stefan | August 7, 2018, 11:13 pm
  4. Vanessa’s Facebook fan page, although it hasn’t had an update in two years:


    Posted by Stefan | August 10, 2018, 12:22 am

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