Christa's Obsessed therapist, John Tsilimparis, explained that after breaking up with her boyfriend, Christa went through a rough time, but now seems to be doing better. She's moved in with her mother and is consistently eating meat and other foods that she wouldn't before therapy. She has significantly decreased her picking and she's starting to build a new life.
Helen says her new life is "absolutely wonderful." Her clock checking compulsions are down to an absolute minimum, and she's so anxiety free while driving on the freeway that she now has a Disneyland season pass. Her kids have also benefited from her comfort driving. Nick now takes Jiu-Jitsu classes and Laney takes dance classes. She says that she's no longer depressed and is very active these days. One of her favorite things about being on "Obsessed" is the seemingly endless amount of people that have been inspired by her story to get treatment.
Since her episode aired, Judi reports having received many inspiring words from people who have seen the show, and feels great because of it. Clutter does occasionally creep into various areas of her home, but she is aware of her problem and finds time to throw things out. She jokes that her new obsession is throwing things out and is planning another garage sale.
Karen is proud of her successes but acknowledges her need to continue working on her anxiety. She says that it's still difficult to walk into a dark room, but she's sleeping better and is now about to sleep in the dark. She rarely thinks about earthquakes but when she does, she doesn't obsess over them. Overall, she finds herself less nervous in social situations, and anger issues have subsided tremendously. She's using the free time she has from not doing her compulsions to join a theatre group and she loves it. She still hopes to eventually regain custody of her daughter, and speaks to her often.
Mandi continues to see Dr. April in a support group of patients with anxiety. Her hair growth has continued successfully since shooting ended, and she is now seeing the possibility of maintaining a full head of hair. With her new locks grown in, she now has the confidence to do something she hasn't been able to in a long time...go swimming!
Since shooting ended, Matt has informed production that he is continuing CBT therapy on his own. Our producers have recently reached out to Matt, but were unable to get a hold of him.
Mora has actually decreased the time of her teeth cleaning ritual by two minutes since her therapy has ended. Surprisingly, she's actually cleaning her teeth for less time than her dentist recommended, and has been able to manage the anxiety surrounding her teeth. She now consumes lots of sugar, hard foods such as almonds, chips and has even had a couple apples since therapy has ended. With her extra time, Mora's been on four trips lately, something she would never have done in the past because she would've been too worried about being far away from the dentist. She even plans on going to Italy sometime in the near future.
Nicole's treatment has continued to have a positive impact on her life, and she's still seeing Dr. April on a regular basis. Her mother and brother constantly work against enabling her compulsion and she's using her tools to fight anxiety. Nicole says that she's spending more time with her family and in two weeks she's going on vacation with her brother to Australia!
The last few months have been a series of ups and downs for Nidia. While she's had a couple of anxiety breakdowns that resulted in returns to her long shower routine, she's been able to use the tools she learned from Dr. Shana to get back on track. For the most part, her showers have been cut down to 10 minutes and her newfound confidence has allowed her to do things she wouldn't have before. She and her husband Matt are reuniting and going out to dinner with longtime friends, and Nidia is also looking into going back to school.
Richie is still works diligently with Karen to continue to de-clutter his home. Richie's mother's room remains clean, and he continues work on the kitchen. He's still having difficulty disposing of things that belonged to his mother when he is alone, but he's having an easier time when he's in a session with Karen.
Rick is proud to say he hasn't taken any steps backwards since ending therapy with John Tsilimparis. He still goes to the gym a maximum of 5 times a day and is content with his current level. The clockwise turning ritual is completely gone, and he has utilized his newly found free time to finish his book proposal and is now in the process of submitting his material to publishers.
After shooting ended, Russ vigilantly continued clearing clutter from his house and has now entered the bedroom. He is working on freeing up all the space in his closets so he can finally store his clothes properly. Recently, he stopped into an antique shop, walked into every room and walked out without purchasing one item. Russ was quite proud. He continues to work on developing new relationships and uses exposures to fight against the urge to clutter.
Ryan and his wife are expecting their baby boy on September 2nd, and both could not be happier about Ryan's current ability to maintain his anxiety and control his compulsions. They are currently getting the baby's room ready for his arrival, and the added stress hasn't caused a backslide. Ryan has not been giving into his control issues and says his overall attitude is now, "go with the flow!"
Scott still talks to Dr. Shana a lot and stays contaminated, giving himself exposures on a routine basis. He often struggles with compulsive thoughts when he's stressed, but works through them using the tools that he has learned in therapy. Most recently, Scott went through the stress of selling his home and moving into a new one. The new home creates new compulsive thoughts, but his relationship with Jason helps. He does admit that he still getting used to having a dog.
Shannon has not only continued to drive on the freeway with relative ease, she and her son have flown to Texas, something she never even dreamed of being able to do. One night recently, she hired a baby sitter and went on a date with her husband which was virtually impossible before therapy. She says sometimes life causes her anxiety, but when she sits down and thinks about the tools Karen gave her and she pushes through quickly. She says that a recent weight loss has her feeling "miraculous!"
Traci has continued to use elevators and eat her boyfriend's food since therapy has ended, and believes her relationship with her boyfriend Matt is stronger than ever because of her success and their ability to understand each other better. Because of the progress she made in therapy, Traci is now working at a gym where one of her responsibilities is to clean the toilet which she tackles without fear.
Vanessa has now picked up gardening. She says that surprisingly, it actually satisfies her urge to pull and pick.