Body Punishment by Maggie Lamond Simone Book Review

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Title: Body Punishment

Author:  Maggie Lamond Simone

Publisher: Central Recovery Press

Genre: Non Fiction

Release Date: March 23, 2015

Pages: 198

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.

My Thoughts: 

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.

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  1. Gina, this sounds like a very interesting book. As a teacher, i have come across several students with OCD over the past 20 years and these poor kiddos had a hard time working around their impulses. It is actually more noticeable in children as they do not know how to hide it yet. I would love to read this book and get an adult’s perspective.

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