Title: Body Punishment
Author: Maggie Lamond Simone
Publisher: Central Recovery Press
Genre: Non Fiction
Release Date: March 23, 2015
Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Maggie Lamond Simone details her experience with recovery from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and addiction. Her painful journey provides insight for the thousands of others who similarly cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt themselves in private in order to survive in public. She also explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD.
Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning columnist and author. Her first column anthology, From Beer to Maternity, was released in November 2009. She has a black belt in Kenpo karate and a master’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Policy.
This book hit home for me a bit. My husband suffers from a milder form of OCD. Well he keeps most of his symptoms to himself (like the author did) but one of his symptoms he does share with me is his incessant counting.
The term OCD is tossed around a lot and people use it in a joking manner. Think of all the “Funny” memes you see on the topic on social media. The truth is OCD is a very serious mental illness that is no joking matter.
It is a mental illness that does not get talked about much because those that suffer from it do not always discuss it with anyone, including therapists. If left untreated it can destroy your life.
I commend the author for not only getting out of her comfort zone to seek treatment but to also put herself out there and write this book.
I hope the book helps others to understand the illness and help those that suffer have the courage to seek treatment.