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Published:April 20th, 2012 12:03 EST
Dr Annabelle R Charbit and Judyth Piazza Discuss OCD on The American Perspective

Dr Annabelle R Charbit and Judyth Piazza Discuss OCD on The American Perspective

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Dr Annabelle R Charbit grew up in London, UK, and has been writing since 2006, when her comedy play, Sound Advice, was performed by CP Theatre Productions in London. In 2007, she was published in The London Paper and in the British Neuroscience Association`s Summer Bulletin. In 2010 she wrote for, an online magazine who commissioned her after noticing her humorous blog, Crazy in a Crazy World.

Dr Charbit holds a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and has been researching migraine headache at UCSF in San Francisco, about which she has published in scientific journals. The inspiration behind A Life Lived Ridiculously stemmed from Dr Charbit`s research work as a neuroscientist, which motivated her to write a story from the point of view of people suffering from distorted thinking. A Life Lived Ridiculously is Dr. Charbit`s first novel.

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A Life Lived Ridiculously is the story of one girl with obsessive compulsive disorder, and what happened when she was seduced by a sociopath...

When a girl with obsessive compulsive disorder falls in love with a sociopath, she must fight for her sanity and her life.

Maxine`s brain is stuck. Everything around her feels wrong and the only way to fix it is to check, double-check, rearrange and count everything. What Maxine can`t fix though is her parents` constant nagging over the absence of a Jewish husband. A humiliation that is further compounded when her younger brother runs off with Miss Perfect.

 Then she meets Sam, a smooth-talking charmer with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and enough terminal diseases to wipe out a small village. Maxine decides that Sam is her salvation, never mind that his life is more depressing than a Greek tragedy, and others are urging her to get away from him. The problem is that Sam has Maxine under his spell. Will Maxine escape from Sam before it`s too late... ?

This is the story of how Maxine deals with life in the real world, fending off a sociopath, dealing with her family who is always on hand with imaginative ways to criticize her, concocting outrageous schemes with her friend Tina, all in a bid to conquer her OCD and deal with the pain of losing her brother to Miss Perfect.

And when all else fails, Maxine will tell you that nothing quite compares to flattening someone with your car...

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