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Lena Dunham Opens Up About OCD in Excerpt From New Memoir

August 27, 2014 (8:02 am) GMT
In the excerpt, published on New Yorker, the 'Girls' creator describes a visit to therapists because she was 'afraid of everything' as a child.

An excerpt from 's upcoming memoir has landed online. In the piece titled "Difficult Girl", published by New Yorker, the "" creator describes her visits to therapists as a child due to obsessive compulsive disorder.

The piece starts with Dunham saying that she was "afraid of everything" when she was eight. Besides her family, she was close to her teacher Kathy and school nurse Chris Conta. Young Dunham then started seeing therapist to deal with her problems.

One day, Dunham saw an article about OCD when she was at a beauty salon with her mother. The article described a woman "so burdened with obsessions that she has to lick art in museums and crawl on the sidewalk" and Dunham realized she had similar symptoms. "I tear the article out and bring it to Lisa, whose face crumples sympathetically, as though the moment she'd been dreading had finally arrived. It makes me want to throw my needlepoint supplies in her face. Do I have to do everything myself?" she writes.

Dunham's book "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned' " is set to be released on September 30. She will embark on an 11-city book tour starting from that date in New York.

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