ED2011 Book Reviews

Joanne Limburg

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

What is it like to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder? More interestingly, what does OCD mean when there are no obvious signs such as hand-washing? Joanne Limburg spoke engagingly and honestly about a condition in which she suffers from perfectionism and never-ending thoughts about disasters she might cause. Limburg’s battle began when she was at school and spent entire assemblies worrying that she might retrieve the wrong pair of shoes afterwards, and somehow injure or annoy her classmates and teachers. The most crippling aspects of OCD are that the entire world seems unsafe, and loved ones become responsible for one’s own safety. Thankfully, Limburg offered hope that OCD doesn’t have to restrict anyone to a life of terror and shame.

ScottishPower Studio Theatre, 17 Aug, 5.00pm (6.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00.