Girls/HBO/2012-2017 (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), a narcissistic, immature, aspiring writer living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who struggles with an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder while finding a direction in life.


Her parents in East Lansing, Michigan had been financially supporting Hannah since she graduated from Oberlin College, but they have pulled the plug and now Hannah must find a way to support herself as she struggles with her writing career.

When her father asks over the phone, “Are you taking your meds, sweetie?” Hannah snaps back, “Of course I’m taking my meds!” Actually, she’s decided they make her too sleepy to write her e-book, so she’s quit them, but going off the drugs leaves her completely unable to write the book at all.

Once Hannah inserted a Q-tip into one ear causing a bloody mess (“I heard hissing”) . When the ER doctor refused to clean her other ear to even things out she took another Q-tip and stuck it in her other ear and then started counting. Hannah also needs everything to happen in series of eight (or 64).

Hannah also struggles with hypochondria. Filled with irrational anxiety, Hannah Googles the Internet asking questions like, “Do millions of microbes really live on our skin?” “How does your body know to stop breathing?” “At what age does your body start melting down?”

Note: Lena Dunham, the creator of the HBO series GIRLS has suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder since childhood and has taken medication on and off for years. Her symptoms started at age seven and she’s been seeing a therapist ever since.

In real life, Dunham has an obsession with the number eight and her compulsion to perform behaviors eight times, like look to either side of her eight times to make sure no one was following her,  or having sex (masturbating) eight times.

Dunham now takes a small, regular dose of the antidepressant Lexapro and takes the anti-anxiety medication Klonopin as needed.

About her character Hannah, Dunham reported, “I really wanted to look at the idea that Hannah wasn’t just a TV neurotic… She’s a person with real, complicated mental health issues that she’s dealing with every day.”

See also: Hannah Horvath Clip @ You Tube


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