Leaving the OCD circus : your big ticket out of having to control every little thing / Kirsten Pagacz
- Pagacz, Kirsten
- Additional Titles:
- Leaving the obsessive-compulsive disorder circus
- Newburyport, MA : Conari Press, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- xiv, 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Introduction -- A budding relationship -- OCD like a brush fire -- Storm of a chaotic mind -- Building toward a crescendo -- Getting to know you -- Dancing shoes -- Finding nutrients -- My life with Chimpsay -- Habits of happiness.
- "It's like the meanest, wildest monkey running around my head, constantly looking for ways to bite me." That was how Kirsten Pagacz described her OCD to her therapist on their first session when she was well into her 30s--she'd been following orders from this mean taskmaster for 20 years, without understanding why. Initially the tapping and counting and cleaning and ordering brought her comfort and structure, two things lacking in her family life. But it never lasted; the loathsome self-talk only intensified, and the rituals she had to perform got more bizarre. By high school she was anorexic and a substance abuser--common "shadow syndromes" of OCD. By adulthood, she could barely hide her problems and held on to jobs and friends through sheer grit. Help finally came in the form of a miraculously well-timed public service announcement on NPR about OCD--at last her illness had an identity. Leaving the OCD Circus reveals the story of Pagacz's traumatic childhood and the escalation of her disease--demonstrating how OCD works to misshape a life from a very young age--and explains the various tools she used for healing including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, exposure therapy, and medication. Pieces of her art scattered throughout the book add depth and humor to her stories. "--
"The author's personal story of living with OCD and a guide for others suffering from the disease. Part 2 tells the story of the author's childhood; part 2 introduces the tools she used for healing: such as meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, exposure therapy, yoga, and others. Readers will learn how OCD works to misshape a life and also how to begin work on their own issues of obsession and compulsion"--
- 9781573246811 (paperback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-244).
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries); 2016
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