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Scenes From the Life of An Obsessive-compulsive

Book - 1998
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"As my friend the heroin addict says, "You're only as sick as your secrets.""Emily Colas -- young, intelligent, well-educated wife and mother of two -- had a secret that was getting in the way of certain activities. Like touching people. Having a normal relationship with her husband. Socializing. Getting a job. Eating out. Like leaving the house."Don't get me wrong. I have no hallucinations, no aliens telling me what to do. Just extreme and intrusive neurotic thoughts. Insanity lite."This raw, darkly comic series of astonishing vignettes is Emily Colas' achingly honest chronicle of her twisted journey through the obsessive-compulsive disorder that came to dominate her world. In the beginning it was germs and food -- to her mind, anything from ground-up hypodermic needles to disease-tainted blood could be on her restaurant plate. By the time she faced the fact that she was really "losing it, " Colas had become a slave to her own "hobbies, " from the frenetic daily hair trims she gave herself tothe incessant inspections of her children's clothes for bloodstains, the carpet for dangerous debris, packaged goods for possible tampering. Soo
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780671024376
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 22 cm.


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