The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD, and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought
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What might lead an Ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece; or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts? Drawing on the latest research on the brain, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal, and what is mental illness. David has suffered from OCD for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn't Stop is his unflinchingly ho
Dr David Adam is a writer and editor at Nature, the world's top scientific journal. During this time he was named feature writer of the year by the Association of British Science Writers, and reported from Antarctica, the Arctic, China and the depths of the jungle. Before that he was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on scie
Stunning -- Ian Sample Guardian An insider's tour of the OCD brain, providing insight into the cultural and scientific evolution of how we view and treat a disorder that affects up to 3% of people worldwide Nature A captivating first-person account of how a blizzard of unwanted thoughts can become a personal nightmare. Clear-sighted and eminently accessible a fundamentally important book that will bring a breath of fresh understanding to sufferers - as well as mental-health professionals, and family and friends of anyone who
Amulderrig said Five Stars. when I started reading this book I could not put it down.. "A Must-Read for Anyone Interested in the Brain" according to Kate Oszko. This review is for the audio book.If you have ever wondered about OCD, or if you just want to know more about the brain, then you need to read this book. Journalist David Adam charts the start and progress of his OCD and via intriguing, interesting, thought provoking and often disturbing asides he also charts the history of the condition itself and the attempts to manage or cure it.David presents case studies and research in a way that is very easy to understand; there are many descriptions that have stuck with me, such as how his medication travels through his system and ends up in the right place. This is not to say that the content is si. "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder does not have to control you or your family." according to Patricia Mertens. The book was well written, informative, and helpful in understanding mental illness and mental disorders, particularly obsessivecompulsive disorder.The case studies were very interesting and the writer's struggle with and eventual control of his ownobsessive compulsive disorder was very helpful. I also enjoyed his coverage of treatment of ocd over time andhow todays cognitive therapy treatment and medication can be very effective in controlling it.