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GIRLS: Watching Hannah Unravel through OCD [Videos - Season 2 Finale Promo]


IF YOU haven’t been following HBO’s GIRLS you’ve missed something big. Watching Hannah, Lena Dunham’s character, spiral into a shaky mental state through obsessive-compulsive disorder (or neurosis) is harrowing.

Forget Jack Nicholson’s lovable crank in “As Good As It Gets.” Lena Dunham annihilates Nicholson’s portrayal of the disease, and watching Dunham take the audience up to overwhelming is spellbinding.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. [source]

Hannah compulsively orders her life through the pairing of 8 or 64, which started when she was very young. When her parents were visiting her mother caught her “counting,” and confronted her, clearly freaked at what she saw happening again to her anxiety ridden daughter.

Hannah’s head moves back and forth and back and forth and back and forth… … She nudges a man walking out of a Judy Collins performance, then has to stop to hit him 7 more times before she can leave. Nothing prepares you for the Q-tip in the ear scene or the ensuing inner madness of Hannah’s unwinding mind.

Hannah is also in the throes of delivering a manuscript for an e-book, which isn’t going well and seems to be closely related to her anxiety coming close to going through the roof of her own skull.

Of course, it wouldn’t be GIRLS if delicious scenes of the others in different stages of exposure weren’t woven into the episode.

However, the importance of handling OCD as they did this season means that nobody thinks lightly of the disease anymore.

The teaser to the season 2 finale this Sunday is below.

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3 Responses to GIRLS: Watching Hannah Unravel through OCD [Videos - Season 2 Finale Promo]

  1. allisonjane March 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    My sister just told me about this series yesterday and how good it was. I don”t subscribe to HBO anymore because it’s so expensive but I will catch up with it eventually. Just the descriptions remind me a bit of the series “Head Case” which was excellent as well.

  2. Taylor Marsh March 16, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Hey aj. I have been writing about it since its debut. Click on the tag for some of my articles if you want to read more.

    Whatever Sex and the City was, this is MORE MORE MORE.

    I know something about this, because I spent my mid to late 20s in NYC.

  3. March 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I haven’t seen this show but am pleased to read of a more accurate depiction of what OCD really is. The media usually trivializes the disorder, which my son suffered from so severely that he could not even eat. The good news is that OCD is treatable with the right kind of therapy. I talk about everything and anything to do with the disorder on my blog.

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