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Episode 72: Mike

Season 5, Episode 12


Age: 67
Location: Utah
Addiction:  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

(Guest Post by Stefan) What’s Memorable: Until I saw this episode, I did not realize how severe the condition could become, to the point of literal hospitalization/institutionalization. Also, the fact that he wouldn’t touch his children and grandchildren out of fear of “contaminating” them is heartbreaking.

Update: Mike passed away on September 7, 2010. The cause of death was not made public.

Official Synopsis:  Mike, 67, was a police sergeant, avid outdoorsman and respected citizen. After he was injured while apprehending an addict, signs of Mike’s obsessive-compulsive disorder started to emerge. His fear of germs caused him to wash his hands over 40 times a day. The problem forced him to retire early and his wife divorced him. He was able to keep his OCD under control for eight years, but a relapse caused him to think his food was spoiled and almost starve. Mike’s children feel an intervention is their only hope of helping him.

Date Aired: September 2008
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Ken, Mental Problems, OCD, Season 5, Traumatic Incident


9 Responses to “Episode 72: Mike”

  1. RIP. Dizzy can you add the ‘addicts who have died’ category since he has passed.

    Posted by Andy | August 6, 2018, 6:31 pm
  2. This episode has been missing in all official capacities at least since 2011 (when Dizzy started this site), although it was available on the A&E website for a time in 2016 (along with Betsy, another longtime missing episode). Here it is if anyone wants to watch it (paired with Jenny):


    Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2018, 10:00 pm
  3. You can now watch the full episode on YouTube

    Posted by Siouxsie | August 28, 2018, 9:20 pm
  4. Some comments on Youtube have claimed that Mike committed suicide when he got off his medication, which would explain why his family probably requested that his episode be removed in all capacities.

    Posted by Stefan | September 6, 2018, 8:30 pm

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