Colas presents a series of brief vignettes detailing the minutiae of living day-to-day with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), including candid, often hysterical ruminations on her colorful family members and friends, and her poignant relationship with her husband.Colas presents a series of brief vignettes detailing the minutiae of living day-to-day with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), including candid, often hysterical ruminations on her colorful family members and friends, and her poignant relationship with her husband.Read Less
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Emily Colas writes a very engaging telling of what her life was like without medication for her OCD. With black humor and the benefit of wry hindsight, Colas tells it like it was from the inside. From the disease's affects on friendships (tip: your girlfriend will not take it kindly if you insult her little boy's injuries as gross) to marriage (lots of pretending) to the accumulating garbage and its disposal methods (very time consuming, marriage straining, and soap OD-ing); Colas is a literary treat. Her style of writing short burst scenes give plenty of time for putting it down and picking it up between other tasks (and perhaps washing your hands an inordinate amount of time)
Apr 3, 2007
OCD from the inside-out
As a first time author, Emily Colas does a wonderful job describing her life from early childhood through present day in a compilation of short, touching and often humorous vignettes. The humor is dark in that Colas has the ability to look at herself frankly and laugh, in hindsight, at situations that were not very funny when they originally occurred. Colas daily rituals in early adulthood included a preoccupation with blood and being exposed to germ infestation. Her husband became a food checker, tester, and investigator of server's personal hygiene methods whenever they ventured out of the house for a meal. After reading this book, my eyes are opened to the fact that things are not always as they seem. Colas became very good at hiding her feelings and behaviors from parents, partners, friends, children and even her husband for a very long time I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about OCD through the eyes of someone who lived it.
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