Woman's Battle With Extreme Sexual OCD Inspires New Channel 4 Drama

A woman who lives with a type of OCD known as 'Pure O' is the inspiration behind a brand new Channel 4 drama.

The new series, titled Pure, has been inspired Rose Cartwright, 32, who contemplated suicide as a teenager because of extreme x-rated thoughts.

For Rose, Pure O caused a journey of constant sexual and violent imaginations about people including friends and family members. After years of anxiety and panic attacks because of the condition, Rose found a treatment that worked for her. She went on to write a book, Pure, which was published in 2015.

And now Channel 4 has created its own series off the back of Rose's journey and memoir, and it is set to air later this month.

New drama Pure (the trailer of which you can watch above) stars Charly Clive as Marnie, the leading lady of the TV show.

Written by Kirstie Swain, the series has taken two and a half years to create and includes some pretty graphic and explicit scenes where Marnie endures dreams of performing oral sex with family members as well as other shocking sexual experiences.

"A lot of people think that mental health is just about the relationship with yourself, but it colours how you relate to everyone," Kirstie told The Guardian. "Mental health is your entire worldview."

In the series, Marnie believes she is a sex addict, and tries to solve the problem by boarding a coach from Glasgow to London to start life on a fresh page. But she soon realises that, just like Rose, she actually has the version of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder known as Pure O.

Rose says that she is in a 'good place' now, adding of the series: "It was important to me that the series was true to my distress - because, even though I know now I am not the only one, there was a long time that I didn't.

"I get emotional every time I talk about this because, yes, like you can't imagine. The process of making it was very healing."

According to mental health charity Mind, Pure O stands for 'purely obsessional', and sometimes people use this phrase to describe of type of OCD which causes distressing and intrusive thoughts but there are no external signs of compulsions. However, the name is slightly misleading as it suggests that there are no compulsions at all.

Pure will air on Wednesday, 30th January on Channel 4 at 10pm.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/Pure

Rachel Andrews

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