Howie Mandel On Misconceptions About OCD

Howie Mandel talks about how he eventually got helped with his mental health problems.

Mandel spoke about his mental health on Mayim Bialik and Jonathan Cohen’s mental health podcast “The Breakdown.” He says It took him finally to seek therapy after suffering from OCD and ADD for most of his life.

The comedian who is deeply afraid of the germs associated with his OCD remembers controlling his family’s behavior to become more comfortable. He builds a guesthouse for his family in case they get sick. His wife, Terry Mandel, finally told him that he had to find a new way to manage.

Mandel recalled, “I had never been to therapy before. She goes, ‘Listen, Howie, you spend a good part of your energy trying to control everything around you and trying to make people live in your world. But nobody has to live in your world. You have to find a way to live in everybody else’s world.”

He explained, “The only person you have control over is yourself. Your happiness or contentment comes from within you. It is not about what other people think of you and how they act around you. That is what I have been in the last twenty years and have been working on.”

Mandel and Bialik, who also have OCD, talked about how offensive it can be to hear people joke about the disease or compare it to clean or organized.

Mandel added, ”Well, I have OCD too, doesn’t make me more comfortable in my life. I don’t know why they are telling me that. I always say, ‘Well, I hope you exaggerate because I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy. I do suffer.”