*Named one of Booklist's Top 10 Science and Health Books for 2012*
"'Consider...at any moment, the end of the world could occur...[Now] prove, with absolute certainty, that this is not true.' In his grimly funny memoir, Wortmann, an actor and comedy writer, describes the heart-thumping panic that came with his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Only adherence to certain elaborate rituals, he believed, could ward off annihilation. Triggered is key reading for suffferers of this debilitating condition -and for those who want to understand them."—People magazine (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
"Wortmann writes eloquently about his battles with OCD, constructing dense, dramatic prose to convey even the tiniest observations... his inspiring victories after successful treatment ring true."—Kirkus Reviews
“This touching and often quite funny memoir chronicles a young life perennially on the verge of emotional or physical collapse. OCD, Wortmann notes, demands things that the world is unable to give, safety and certainty. He writes about his childhood, the social paralysis that plagued him through his high-school and college years, self-loathing and suicidal impulses, and the time spent at McLean Hospital outside of Boston, the famous psychiatric institution that has treated musician James Taylor and mathematician John Nash, among others. He comments about his “Vicious-and-Spungen-level unhealthy” relationships (as in the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious and his out-of-control girlfriend Nancy Spungen) and the strange symbiotic relationship that he finds between his disorder and Catholicism. Though meant to help anyone who suffers from mental illness, Wortman’s chronicle is also intended for the rest of us, as it sheds illuminating light on an often misunderstood and quite mysterious condition.”—Booklist (starred review)
"At times horrifying, at times terribly funny...Bravo!"—Janine Latus, New York Times bestselling author of If I Am Missing or Dead
“Jack Kerouac's On the Road for OCD and the 21st century.”—Jonathan Grayson, PhD., author of Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
FLETCHER WORTMANN was born and raised in Winchester, MA. He graduated from high school in 2005, and in 2007, Fletcher was diagnosed with crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). After receiving treatment at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, he went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Swarthmore College in 2009; he wrote his senior thesis on the evolution of the superhero in American culture. Fletcher has been variously employed as a college Writing Instructor, "Party Associate," SAT Tutor, record store clerk, and farm-stand hand. He lives and writes in Boston, MA.
This is a poignant, painful story that Fletcher Wortmann tells with intelligence and wit.
Most people are familiar with the very visible side of OCD, the compulsions and rituals that are relentlessly performed.
I can highly recommend the book to anyone interested in OCD, mental illness, depression, anxiety, etc.
True life story that really opens your eyes to the struggles of life with OCD. Highly recommended for those who have OCD but can being triggering. It lets you see you are not alonePublished 13 days ago by Kelly D.
I think Mr. Wortmann did a terrific job writing this book when you consider his age and his condition. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Serena
This is a marvelous book. It provides insights into a world of struggle and the courage needed to persevere. Brilliantly done.Published 2 months ago by KB
This is a really good read for anyone dealing with mental illness or has someone in their life who is suffering. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda
Sums up Pure-O as well as anything I've experienced and some very powerful insightful passages to do with resisting and giving up control. Well done.Published 7 months ago by will
Very humorous and an enjoyable read. When you have a relative with severe OCD; it's refreshing to read an uplifting story such as this. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bridgette Carpenter
This is a brave book and I applaud this author for telling his story. Through his life details he articulated the nuances of this form of OCD. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Viridian Scott
Very funny, honest and illuminating memoir by a very young and talented young man afflicted with a severe case of pure obsessional obsessive-compulsive disorder. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nina Kaye
A well-written and honest book describing the stages of Fletcher's maturation process as he works with OCD. Read morePublished 23 months ago by larry white