My Strange Addiction
|My Strange Addiction|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||38 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 mins.|
|Original run||December 29, 2010– present|
My Strange Addiction is an American documentary television series that premiered on TLC on December 29, 2010. The series focuses on people with unusual compulsive behaviors. These range from eating specific non-food items to ritualistic daily activities to bizarre personal fixations or beliefs.
Despite the title of the show, few of the show's subjects have what would medically be classified as true addiction, neither conventional (substance-related) nor behavioral. Rather, the cause of their behavior varies and may include a variety of psychiatric diagnosis. Examples of disorders on the show are:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Alzheimer's disease
- Exercise bulimia
- Body dysmorphic disorder
Daily News (New York) declared the show the "most disgusting reality show on television," while US Weekly gave the series a two star rating, stating "afflictions are fascinating, but too much time is spent gawking at their odd behavior as opposed to treating it. Only in the final moments do therapists pay a visit, and they oversimplify things by suggesting exercise and journaling!" TV Guide called the series "maybe the most entertaining freak show on television now, and definitely the most guilt-free one" noting that "the lack of hand-wringing feels deliciously subversive."
| United Kingdom
|Czech Republic||Prima Love|
|Norway||TV 2 Bliss|
- Hinckley, David (March 6, 2013). "'My Strange Addiction' has a gallery of weird cravings: eating tires, cat fur, VapoRub". Daily News (New York). Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Griffiths, John (January 25, 2011). "Review: My Strange Addiction". US Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Juzwiak, Rich (July 30, 2011). "There's Nothing Strange About an Addiction to My Strange Addiction". TV Guide. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
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