Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on KQED

December 16th, 2009

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KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny had a good program earlier this month on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The guests included Dr. Tracy Foose from Langley Porter Hospital at UCSF and the comedian Howie Mandel, who has written a memoir about his struggles with OCD.

The third guest, Jeff Bell, is the author of Rewind, Repeat, Replay and a national spokesperson for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

I thought the program offered a compassionate understanding of the disorder and some good information on how it works and the brain/environment relationship. I always appreciate when people affected by a disorder are willing to speak out about their experience. Both Howie and Jeff were generous and thoughtful in their comments. I think the program is worth listening to if you’ve suffered from OCD, are a family member of someone impacted by the disorder, or just curious about it.

Hearing the program reminded of another memoir that’s been on my list for a long time, Jennifer Traig’s Devil in the Details. Jennifer suffered from OCD, among other things, throughout her childhood. While her illness sounds incredibly painful, she’s a terrific writer and wrote a compassionate, hilarious book.

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