Leaving the Ocd Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing (Anxiety, Depression, Ptsd, for Readers of Brain Lock)

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$18.99  $17.66
Conari Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Kirsten Pagacz is the founder of Retro-A-Go-Go, an online seller of retro kitsch. She suffered from OCD for two decades before discovering that it had a name (and a cure). Before founding her own company, she worked in marketing and sales for a number of Fortune 500 companies. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation and won first place in one of their art competitions.
...a compendium of useful information about the disorder and how to best manage it. Drawing on what worked for her, and based on researching expert advice, chapters contain a summary of useful tips and key points to remember. The result is educational and inspirational. --Dan Kalb, PhD, Psychologist, OCD specialist-- "Reviews"
It wasn't until her future husband heard a public service announcement on NPR describing OCD that Pagacz was able to put a name to her condition. After 20 years of rechecking locked doors, straightening computer cords, redoing school projects, and hearing threatening voices, Pagacz finally gets treatment. Her description of her escalating illness is irreverent, brutally honest, and compelling. With the help of her doctor, she is able to gradually control her obsessive thought and compulsive acts using strategies that included observing her actions and facing down Monkey, her mental tormentor. While triggers remain just below the surface, and Pagacz admits to relapses in stressful times, such as her wedding and starting her own business, her successes are inspiring. Excerpts from her poetry as well as thought-provoking quotes are scattered throughout the book, and important information is recapped in Key Points to Remember sidebars. Teens struggling with OCD will be encouraged by Pagacz's accessible story. And although there are no cures for quick fixes for the condition, according to Pagacz, her practical strategies offer hope to others facing similar struggles. --Candace Smith, Booklist, September 1, 2016-- "Reviews"
Teens struggling with OCD will be encouraged by Pagacz's accessible story. --Candace Smith, Booklist, September 1, 2016-- "Reviews"