The Man Who Couldn't Stop

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

OCD and the True Story of A Life Lost in Thought

Book - 2015
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"Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone. In this ... fusion of science, history, and memoir, [science editor and writer] David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind and explains how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780374223953
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm


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JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

As the other commenters mention, this is definitely more on the memoir side of things than a clinical look at OCD, but I find this more compelling as the words come from someone who deals with this every day. Adams discusses his own thought loops as well as those of others to illustrate the different fixations the can result from the illness, plus how the understanding of the condition has evolved and how one can get treated. An excellent read for anyone wishing to learn more about OCD.

May 09, 2015

If you are like most people you probably think OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is funny; if so this book is for you. Also, this book is definitely for sufferers of OCD who will be relieved to know that they are in good company.
David Adam has written a clinical yet human story of his battle with OCD and the result is a very well-written account of the condition. One telling comment he makes is when he describes OCD as comparable to dragging a mental sea anchor around all the time. Not a light read by any means but a worthwhile one.

Mar 15, 2015

Slow to get hooked into this and admittedly still reading it, but so far seems more like an autobiography or memoir than a description of the science behind this label or as a how to deal with this challenge.


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