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Life in Rewind: The Story of a Young Courageous Man Who Persevered Over OCD and the Harvard Doctor Who Broke All the Rules to Help Him Paperback – Bargain Price, April 20, 2010
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Reading this book will help people gain great insight into this torturous illness and just what it can do to those of us with OCD as well as our families and those who love us. It's about trust, both in being someone others can trust, as well as what an incredible gift it is to have someone you can trust. Both the book and OCD is about how having the courage to trust can change your life for the better. It is also a touhing story about the value of friendship. This book reminds us of the difference one person can make in someone's life and it will restore your faith in mankind.
My heart aches for those who continue to suffer in silence with OCD. Thank you Terry Murphy for caring and writing this book SO well and to Ed and Dr. J for sharing your very personal stories with all of us. This book touched the deepest, most intimate core of my heart. No doubt, this should and will be made into a movie.
Ed's daily life while he was in the worst of his OCD manifestation was so godawful I had a really hard time wrapping my brain around his experience. The thought processes - the OCD loop - is so foreign to me, it was a struggle to take in that this was a reality for someone.
I'm glad I read the book; I think I do have a deeper understanding of the worst that OCD can bring to bear on a human being.
I'm perplexed about Michael's ("the Harvard doctor's") prominence in the title. Although he evidently has a reputation for "breaking the rules," Ms. Murphy didn't offer much evidence to support his co-star role.
Ms. Murphy also seemed to make some sort of important distinction between the "crazies" on the psych unit and Michael's OCD. My impression was that Ms. Murphy believed Those Other People were crazy whereas Michael was simply a misunderstood prisoner of OCD, and was otherwise OK. This attitude, if my understanding is correct, is unhelpful.
Ms. Murphy was, I thought, rather unkind toward Ed's family. At best, she allowed as how they were well-intended, but uneducated. At worst, they sent Ed off into his OCD death spiral. I especially found this concerning when she described the scene in which Ed was committed to the psych unit. A pretty large dollop of blame for Ed's family despite the appalling (and I mean APPALLING) conditions in which Ed was living. Ms. Murphy makes no mention of how Ed survived financially, but his family had apparently given over to him an entire house and he was unemployed. They took food to him every day. They must have maintained the yard. Paid the utilities. With the possible exception of disability payments, they must have completely supported Ed financially. His siblings were also prisoners of his OCD, every single day.
Bottom line: I'm glad I read the book; I learned from it.
The progression of his life and the Harvard doctor who worked with him
by breaking the rules of traditional medicine and offering all he has left to give - his friendship-- is astounding. This friendship becomes the unexpected catalyst for healing and produces an ending that only Hollywood could invent. But the story is true.
I totally recomend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book absolutely astonishing on two levels. First, that someone could be driven to such loneliness, despair, and desperation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David W. Hensley
Excellent book on the horror that is OCD and the compassion shown by the doctor in order to treat him. This is a courageous story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G.
The journey that Ed takes us through is extraordinary and wonderful to observe him coming full circle to a life fully realizedPublished 16 months ago by sarah sandell
WHAT A GREAT BOOK.!!! I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WITH OCD AND THIS BOOK HELPED ME TO RELATE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT OCD IS. THANK-YOU!!Published 22 months ago by TONI CASTRO
very inspirational. gives hope to those with severe OCD and those trying to help them. Love how patient mr. Jenike was in his approach to help Ed.Published 22 months ago by Michael Sweno
My grandson is dealing with OCD. He has been to Roger's Hospital in Wisconsin about 1 1/2 yrs ago.
He was there for about 3 months.He is now 14. Read more
It starts well, very exciting reading, I couldn't put it down at first, but then it became tedious, a little boring and repetitive (sorry, I feel bad writing this). Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by J. Ochlik