Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
LITERARY REMEDIES AND BOOKS ON OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
Turtles All the Way Down (Fiction) by John Green
An ambitious, authentic and perhaps cathartic piece of fiction, from the prolific author, that thoughtfully weaves together a story about sixteen year old Aza and a fugitive billionaire whose mystery she painstaking tries to solve with her best friend Daisy. The story details the daily struggles of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and provides a painstaking accurate narrative of what it feels like to be a teenager with unrelenting anxiety. If you are someone who struggles with anxiety, you may find yourself identifying with Aza in a surprisingly startling way.
The book will make you want to be a better person after and perhaps looking at life from a refreshingly different perspective.
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