- Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447238281
- ISBN-13: 978-1447238287
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought Hardcover – 2014
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While most people associate OCD with excessive hand washing or counting behaviours, Adam's OCD manifests itself with obsessive thoughts about the possibility of incidental blood transfer which could lead to him contracting, or passing on AIDS (despite not being infected). It began when he was eighteen after a throwaway comment by a friend and quickly developed into a crippling obsession which resulted in him studying doorknobs and AstroTurf for traces of blood, despite his understanding the minuscule risk of AIDS being transferred in this manner. Though temporarily eased by checking behaviours including daily calls to the AIDS hotline, wiping cups and bottles and applying multiple plasters to any scrape or cut, the thoughts and behaviours threaten to overwhelm him almost every minute of every day.
Adam's primary motivation for writing The Man Who Couldn't Stop stems from his desire to confront the condition that has been his constant companion for 20 years. In a manner accessible to a layperson, David shares what little is understood about the disorder, which has no definitive cause, and no cure.
From Freud's theories (predictably the psychiatrist blamed the illness on masturbatory guilt) to the latest information gleaned from MRI's of the basal ganglia, Adam explores the evolution of the disorder that has been treated variously, but rarely conclusively, by immersive therapy, lobotomy, electric shock and psychotropic drugs.Read more ›
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 simplistic, because there is a lot of chemical and medical information in the book; rather, it's a testament to David's ability to explain it all, logically and clearly.
David's writing is perhaps the best I've ever read - the descriptions so apt, the analogies so useful and understandable, that I caught myself actively listening for any jarring notes, any errors of expression. I couldn't find any.
A fabulous book.
The case studies were very interesting and the writer's struggle with and eventual control of his own
obsessive compulsive disorder was very helpful. I also enjoyed his coverage of treatment of ocd over time and
how todays cognitive therapy treatment and medication can be very effective in controlling it.
The author explains everything that has happened to him, his thoughts, feelings, gives you all the scientific and historic background on the disease, everything.
This book lets you have a view into the mind if someone who suffers from this condition and the personal hell they have to go through, which most people do not understand. Amazing book. A must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a good read. My son has OCD which greatly affects his life. This book gave me a new perspective and some additional suggestions as to how to help him.Published 10 months ago by Jodi Litchfield
It describes a common and perplexing condition. It was very honest and I imagine helpful for many people.Published 12 months ago by penelope colombatti
An excellent book about OCD. It held my attention throughout. I recommend it highly.Published 16 months ago by David W. Brant
excellent review of the ocd problem, causes and possible solutions - first hand account of man who suffered from the disorder - leaves the reader with thorough understanding of the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Preston