What are the best memoirs about OCD?

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    #1My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me

    My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me

    My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me is based on a true story of Amanda Green which she wrote after suffering OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder which manifested during her life in her thirties. 

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    Kelly Gilbert
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I didn't like this book. I usually love reading true story books but the OCD and personality disorders was hard for me to read about."
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    #2Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD

    Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD

    Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD is written by Traci Foust which documents her life growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder wherein she details everything from his childhood to her adult life. 

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    Frances Grant
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a must read for anyone suffering from OCD! I absolutely saw myself in Traci throughout the entire story, particularly her younger years, when acceptance among peers is so important to a kid's self-worth. A very endearing tale of what life is like when struggling with the disease and the stigma attached to it. Highly recommended."
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    #3Just Another Number

    Just Another Number

    Just Another Number is a memoir by Maggie Young which was constructed by the first 23 men she had sex with detailing how American society curbs women to validate themselves by men.

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    #4Just Checking: Scenes From the life of an obsessive-compulsive

    Just Checking: Scenes From the life of an obsessive-compulsive

    Just Checking: Scenes From the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive is written by Emily Colas which shares an account of what it is like living with a full-blown case of OCD also known as obsessive-compulsive disorder.  

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    Albert Gomez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a nice book to read up about OCD. I can see myself reading this book in the future."
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    #5Foxavier Loves Plinka

    Foxavier Loves Plinka

    Foxavier Loves Plinka by Scott Talbot Evans which is based on a true story of a man battling a case of OCD also known as obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

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    Israel Valle
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The description states that this is based on a true story, and therefore, it fits the requirements that I'm looking for; memoirs of OCD. Within the tale, a man attempts to overcome his OCD."
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    #6Passing for Normal

    Passing for Normal

    Passing for normal: Tourette's, OCD and growing up crazy is a memoir written by Amy Wilensky wherein she shares her life experience with Tourette’s syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Jonathan Walsh
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I was in the market for a book about mental health issues as I have a close friend dealing with similar issues. I found this book to be eye opening and extremely helpful in communicating what life is like with OCD. I have since discussed this with my friend and have connected on an entirely new level. "
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    #7I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD

    I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD

    I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD is a memoir written by J.J. Keeler wherein she chronicles her experiences and challenges of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Patrick McDonald
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I have had a couple friends who have dealt with OCD. In order to help me understand their condition, I have been looking for the best memoirs about OCD. A book I have frequently saw on must read book lists is I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD."
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    #8Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

    Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

    Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood is a memoir written by Jewish girl Jennifer Traig wherein she details her experience growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Gregory Moore
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The book is about an OCD girl, it fits the topic exactly. "
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    #9Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is written by Jeff Bell sharing his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and his recovery on it. 

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    #10Life in a Whirlwind of Numbers. 26 Years of OCD

    Life in a Whirlwind of Numbers. 26 Years of OCD

    Life in a Whirlwind of Numbers: 26 Years of OCD is written by David William Dahlberg which is the second edition published wherein it shares his account of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Lori Coleman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Good cover and very cheap, would try this book, also has good reviews. "
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    #11The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

    The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

    The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought is a non-fiction book by David Adam. It tells the story of the author's daily struggles of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder for more than 20 years.

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    Anna Cheng
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought is about the author, David Adam's struggles with OCD. It's a real life experience that details the highs and lows. It's an interesting read. It also includes scientific information as well. You'll learn a lot with this book!"
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    #12Life is Trichy

    Life is Trichy

    Life is Trichy: Memoir of a Mental Health Therapist with a Mental Health Disorder is a book by Lindsey M. Muller. Published in 2014, it focuses on the author's experiences on mental health disorders.

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    Ridhi Tata
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book was good read, but needed some more tips how to actually beat this disease"
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    #13Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions (Louder Than Words)

    Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions (Louder Than Words)
    Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions is a memoir written by Marni Bates. Published in 2009 by HCI Teens, it focuses on the author's experiences with stress, hair-pulling, and other obsessions.
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    Kathryn Garrett
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Trichotillomania - such an ugly word. Not an easy condition to live with. No up-side to pulling out your hair. This obsession feels more understandable when reading about it from Marni's point of view. I didn't really get caught up in her story though. It is honestly not that illuminating."
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    #14Doesn't It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers

    Doesn't It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers

    Doesn't It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers is a compilation of essays edited by Sandy Rosenblatt. Published in 2014 by Plucky Press, it features 15 essays written by people living with trichotillomania.

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    Russell Castillo
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This fits to some extent as a memoir about OCD, but it should be noted that it isn't an exhaustive memoir from any one person suffering from the disorder. Instead it's a collection of 15 shorter essays written by people who specifically suffer from trichotillomania, but that is itself often associated with OCD. Interesting read to be sure."
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    #15The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania

    The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania
    The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania is a book about compulsive disorder written Fred Penzel. Published in 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA, this books is a guide to the Trichotillomania syndrome.
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    Donald Henderson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The book is very useful, having sections on available treatments and how well they work. It also has a section on the side effects to your hair, like how long it takes typically for permanent damage. A very clear and helpful book and guide for patients who suffer from this disorder."
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