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Humor columnist Maggie Lamond Simone's painful journey provides insight for the thousands of others who similarly cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt themselves in private in order to survive in public. She explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD, all in an effort to further the dialog around menta ...more
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Published April 21st 2015 by Central Recovery Press (first published March 23rd 2015)
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Billy Loukas
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enlightening; teaching me I'm not alone with my OCD.
Victoria
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Truly changed my life. Highly recommended read for anyone who's life has been impacted by OCD.
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This book hit home for me a bit. My husband suffers from a milder form of OCD. Well he keeps most of his symptoms to himself (like the author did) but one of his symptoms he does share with me is his incessant counting.

The term OCD is tossed around a lot and people use it in a joking manner. Think of all the “Funny” memes you see on the topic on social media. The truth is OCD is a very serious mental illness that is no joking matter.

It is a mental illness that does not get talked about much beca
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Emoncure
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read many books on mental illness, addiction, etc. and this was one of my favorites. The format was neat, and I felt as though the author was telling my story in many ways.
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MAGGIE LAMOND SIMONE is a national award-winning columnist and author. Her memoir, “Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal,” was released in April 2015 (Central Recovery Press), earning her a spot at the 2015 BEA in New York City. Her essay collection, “From Beer to Maternity,” was a 2010 USA Book News Finalist for humor, and her columns can also be found in “The Zen of Mi ...more

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“One such cut on my skinny six-year-old leg began healing with a scab that was hard and crusty over the broken skin. As I ran my fingers over it one night, I suddenly felt the need to pick it off, and I did. The pain was momentarily excruciating, then settled into a dull stabbing where it was bleeding again. The part of me that was mortified at what I had done was soon stomped into submission by another part of me – a part that longed to reproduce that momentary excruciating pain again and again. I was slightly disturbed by this turn of events, and way too embarrassed to tell my mother. So I didn’t, for about 40 years.

It was the first of many such secrets I learned to keep.”
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“Not unlike alcoholism, the cycle of OCD continues in solitude and isolation … Even in therapy it never occurred to me to talk about plucking out my eyelashes and eyebrows. Not once did I bring it up – not once did it occur to me bring it up, the shame was so deep and ingrained. Fortunately, over the years alcoholism has gotten more and more screen time and does not carry quite the cloak of shame it once did. You won’t necessarily find us shouting it from the rooftops, but then again there are support groups in high schools these days. Hopefully OCD will one day find a similar degree of understanding in the general audience, because that understanding and dialogue are what we need to break not necessarily the cycle of repetitive behavior - because sometimes we can and sometimes we can’t - but to break the cycle of shame. Because I can tell you from experience . . . the shame is a killer.” 0 likes
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