Leaving the OCD Circus

Monday, January 9, 2017
Kirsten Pagacz
Leaving the OCD Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Th

Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing


Kirsten Pagacz, local business owner of Retro-A-Go-Go here in Howell, gives an unflinching account of living with undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) for over 20 years.

Never having heard of OCD until her early 30s, Kirsten was a slave to the demanding Sergeant-turned-merciless, wild Monkey that was her OCD starting at the young age of nine years old.

Suffering in silence, hiding the anxiety and fear that was her constant companion, Kirsten fell into the increasingly desperate cycle of obsessions and compulsions, seeking escape in the dangerous world of drugs and alcohol.

She eventually found her way out of substance abuse into a healthy, loving relationship and a successful career. Only she led a double life: one of a young, happy professional woman and the hidden, debilitating other of doubt, rules, and fear.

Shortly after a crippling public breakdown, Kirsten learned of OCD, discovering her frightening taskmaster had a name. With this discovery and validation that she had a real medical disorder from which many others also suffer, she began treatment, taking the first step on a long, difficult, even painful road to recovery and management.

Part memoir, part self-help guide, Leaving the OCD Circus is Kirsten’s offering of hope and help to fellow sufferers, as well as insight and understanding for their loved ones, from someone with intimate knowledge and experience—an insider, a sufferer, a survivor.

If you or anyone you know has or may have OCD, this book is essential reading. Check for it in our catalog.

Kirsten will giving a book talk and signing here at the Howell Library on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2pm. Sign up here to attend this free event.


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