Thursday, August 16, 2012
Zine Review: OCD Throws Bows
OCD Throws Bows
By Dirk Keaton
26 pages / half letter
OCD is a serious disorder that has been minimized by inane cultural references (as have many other mental health issues). People who do not experience a mental health issue have no idea what a person experiences who lives with OCD, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anything else we have labeled a “disorder”. The only way we can get a glimpse into these experiences is to hear & understand people’s personal stories.
Dirk writes about OCD clearly and directly. He guides you into his world and how it affects his functioning, and leads you through his recovery process. OCD Throws Bows is first person journalism at its most powerful.
Editorial: Drug companies have convinced most people (and definitely most doctors) that there is a cure for everything via medication. This is simply not true – medications often cause more issues than they resolve. I might write a zine about this at some point from my firsthand experiences. In order to deal with OCD, depression, or any mental health concern one has to do the inner cognitive and emotional work, as Dirk has clearly done in his personal journey to treat OCD and reclaim his life.