Just Checking Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive (Paperback)
|Author: Emily Colas|
|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. Soon there was no interval in Colas' life when she was not
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. By the time she faced the fact that she was really "losing it", Colas had become a slave to her own "hobbies" -- from daily hair cutting to incessant inspections of her children's clothing for bloodstains.
A shocking, hilarious, and enormously appealing account of a young woman struggling to gain control of her life, this is Emily Colas' expose of a soul tormented, but balanced by a buoyance of spirit and a piercing sense of humor that may be her saving grace.
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Hip, humorous, and honest, this is the first first-person account of living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In it, Colas explains the minutiae of day-to-day life with OCD -- endless, looping fears about pills, garbage, restaurant food, everything -- and how her phobias grew until they all but called her life to a halt.
In a series of scenes from her childhood to the present, the author tells the fascinating, sad, but often humorous story of her lifelong struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder--a trial that has now been alleviated with the help of therapy and Prozac.
"Colas' cool, droll tone makes a perfect counterpart to the escalating absurdity of her disorder....Colas never loses her rational faculties; they just coexist with the intrusive neurotic thoughts that drive her to more and more fanatical feats of hygiene--which is what makes 'Just Checking' so funny." - Laura Miller 06/24/1998
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