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Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Great Insight Into OCD

    Wow. As someone who also suffered from OCD during chldhood, this book was DEAD ON! I actually started crying at one point because I went throught the exact same things and it was so touching to see it on paper. Not that this is a sad book, it's actually really funny and helped me laugh at myself too. I color code everything so the cover of this book caught my attention, and i'm so glad it did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004


    When the poet John Gay wrote that youth was the season for joys he surely did not know Jennifer Traig. Although at times the story of her young days can be funny it was far from a period of much laughter as she suffered from obsessive-compulsive behavior. Voice performer Melinda Wade gives a fine angst ridden reading to Ms. Traig's account. What must it have been like to live with one who from her early teenage years carried much to extremes? First there is the eating problem - she's anorexic. Probably most puzzling to her parents (one of whom is Catholic, another Jewish) is her obsession with Jewish rituals. For a young girl who to date had been not even been nominally interested in religion to suddenly take to washing all of her possessions to get rid of the smell of pork must have been a shock. The litany of her behavior (which she relates as one might expect from a standup comic) is laughable, yet it's also very sad when one realizes she is referring to a form of mental illness. There is a name for this condition - disorder scrupulosity, which is marked by constant repetitions of religious observances whether it be prayer or hand washing. Well read, indeed, but not a pretty story.

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