Coming out as living with OCD was tough for Catherine. Coming out as bisexual to her Catholic deacon father, however, was infinitely harder. Immaculate rips up the father/daughter relationship and re-examines it from the point of view of a family struggling with their faith, their beliefs and their truths. Looking at what unites and divides us, the question looms large: is it worth holding onto disappointment in the face of someone who can’t understand?
Running parallel to the relationship with her father is Bohart’s – and, by extension, our – relationship with OCD. While her portrayal of mental ill health is self-deprecating and light-hearted, there’s a pointed edge: it will never be okay to call yourself ‘a little bit OCD’. Instead of leaving it at that, though, Bohart explores why it is that people misuse mental health-related terms: OCD, depressed, anxious, bipolar.
Her conclusion makes a lot of sense: we don’t really know how to have a conversation about mental health, and people aren’t sure how to ask for more information about it in a normal way. Hopefully, when people say: ‘I’m super depressed today’, the temporary self-diagnosis is coming from a place of empathy and of wanting to establish a connection, rather than a complete misunderstanding of how mental ill health works.
It’s this positivity that makes Bohart so likeable, and what seems to have seen her through a tough time with her father accepting her exactly as she is. Ultimately, it’s faith that overcomes : former prejudices through the act of simply showing up and doing what you can for the person you love.
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