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A gripping memoir that gives voice to the invisible, life-destroying power of obsessive compulsive disorder and how one woman stood up to fear, embraced the unknown, and reclaimed her life.

Even at the age of nine, Shala Nicely knew there was nothing normal about the horrifying thoughts that tormented her at bedtime or the nightly rituals she summoned to beat them back. More importantly, she knew to obey her mind's rule number one: Keep its secret or risk losing everything and everyone she loved.

It would be almost two decades before she learned the name of the menacing monster holding her hostage: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It would take years longer to piece together the keys to recovery that would change her life forever, beginning with the day she broke her monster's silence.

Narrated with wry wit, unflinching candor, and resounding insight, Shala takes listeners on a riveting journey into the dark and dimly understood inner workings of OCD and its frequent co-conspirator, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Thwarted repeatedly as she struggles to escape the clutches of these formidable foes, she finally stumbles upon an unexpected path to freedom. As she journeys into the heart of fear to reclaim her life, she weaves a self-compassionate road map to recovery: to living in an uncertain world and being happy anyway.

With an afterword by Reid Wilson, PhD, offering powerful guidance for applying Shala's strategies in daily life, Is Fred in the Refrigerator? will leave legions of those affected by mental illness feeling seen, understood, and empowered.

"A memoir...about all of us with this kind of mind." (Jon Hershfield, MFT, author of Overcoming Harm OCD)

"One of the clearest descriptions of the experience of OCD...you'll cry, you'll cheer, and you'll put your shoulders back with Shala as she conquers the OCD demon." (Randy O. Frost, PhD, Harold, and Elsa Siipola Israel, Professor of Psychology at Smith College and coauthor of The New York Times best seller Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things)

"A masterfully written memoir-meets-educational-meets-inspirational tale that I couldn't put down." (Ashley Smith, PhD, coauthor of Childhood Anxiety Disorders)

©2018 Shala Nicely (P)2019 Shala Nicely

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Very informative

It took me a few pages to adjust to the externalization of OCD in the book, but once I did I was able to see how effective this tool can be for separating self from disorder! Shala’s story is hopeful, heartbreaking, funny and sad all at once- great tool for therapists seeking to broaden their perspective on OCD and effective use of Exposure Response Therapy

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Insightful and Heartfelt

This book helped me see the light at the end on the tunnel with my own OCD. Beautifully read. Helpful beyond words.

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Shala and her story changed my life!

I've been struggling with OCD for a while now (7 continuous years) but I couldn't get the right help, or even knew where to start. Shala's story helped my find a light at the end of tunnel that seemed to be caving in day by day. I'd neve4 heard of ERP till her, and I've been putting myself in all kinds of anxiety provoking situations...and after a while I just laugh at how silly it is that I put sooo much fear and thought into my obsessions. Definitely worth a listen, and thank you so much to Shala for being completely honest with her story. It gives me so much hope!

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So. Good.

This book was so informative, well written and the author/narrator conveyed such a heartfelt performance. I highly recommend this read for anyone struggling with OCD/anxiety and even more so for therapists treating OCD and anxiety.

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  • 04-19-21

Very good - a comfort

This is a very good listen. Shala is a great narrator. I loved the voice she did for her 'monster'; it made me laugh at points which was nice given the nature of the topic. Overall, it was a comforting listen for me. I highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • 08-26-20

A hopeful and animated story

There was a good message of hopefulness in this story, although it was a bit bleak early on. The use of metaphors to describe the character's OCD and body dysmorphia made the story quite animated.

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  • ElleS
  • 08-04-20

Amazing Help in OCD

This book is a wonderful help if someone in your life is suffering from OCD. I have a better understanding now.

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  • Yael Clark
  • 10-26-19

Life changing. Really.

Shala takes us inside her mind into the hell that is the perpetual quest for certainty. OCD is not quirkiness, or frequent handwashing. It's not even perfectionism gone wild. Shala will show you what it really is and she will entertain and amuse you along the way. I thought I understood OCD well; Shala has given me a whole new depth of comprehension.

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