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OCD, addiction explored in ‘meaningful’ book

Body Punishment bookKaushal Nanavati, MD, director of integrative medicine at Upstate, calls a book about uncontrolled self-abuse “sarcastic, witty and insightful.”

The book is “Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal,” by Maggie Lamond Simone, a freelance writer living in Central New York.

Kaushal Nanavati, MD

Kaushal Nanavati, MD

Nanavati said Simone “writes with a sincerity that is endearing and frank, giving a voice to the internal conversations that lead to silent suffering for many. ‘Body Punishment” is an insight into the life and mind of an innocent being conditioned by OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“The book drifts back and forth through various stages of her life, painting a kaleidoscopic vision through her eyes – highly colorful, dramatic, passionate, sharp, and disruptive at times, though beautiful when seeing it as a whole.

“It is easy for a reader to find his or her own voice somewhere in the pages of this meaningful work,” he says.

In an article on the website for the State University of New York at Oswego, where Simone is an adjunct instructor in journalism and public speaking, the author says, “I hope the book says a lot to people who struggle with all sorts of disorders. I hope it says ‘You‘re not the only one.‘”

fall2015coverThis article appears in the fall 2015 issue of Upstate Health magazine.