Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:40 PM
Speaking of obsessive-compulsive rituals, Lena Dunham has done the world a favor by coming out about her own. In the September 1, 2014 issue of the New Yorker the 28-year-old actor, filmmaker and writer (creator of the HBO series “Girls”) writes about her obsessions in an essay titled “Difficult Girl.” She begins, “I am eight, and afraid of everything. The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, fruits I haven’t seen emerge from the packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we all die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep.” She’s not kidding.
Dunham writes in a deeply personal and personable way about her myriad afflictions throughout life and of the numerous therapists she has turned to along the way. She talks about what worked and what didn’t and where she stand now. Dunham’s article – an excerpt from her forthcoming book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” is at once startlingly painful in the plethora of worries that she bears, deeply honest and also funny. She also provides an interesting personal glimpse into one woman’s thoughts and feelings about being in therapy and how she feels and thinks about the people who treat her.