- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hazelden Publishing; 1 edition (December 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592853714
- ISBN-13: 978-1592853717
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Paperback – December 28, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Bell's memoir is a revealing look at life with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that goes to often hysterical lengths to convey the dynamics of OCD by reviewing life consumed by the disorder and attempts to overcome it. Radio news anchor and first-time author Bell chronicles the constant worrying, rechecking and unstoppable thought-loops that spin him like a whirligig through his day, recounting "virtual tapes" from his life. Cleverly labeling different sections of his narrative "play," "fast forward" and "pause," using the last of which to stop the action and address readers directly, Bell is easy to like, and he wisely keeps things from getting too technical: "I myself don't even pretend to understand those brain complexities ... My expertise is in doubt." As such, he provides an experiential report of everything from a (very) minor boat accident and the (slightly) major on-air radio flub that followed, to the efficacy of the "Quirk Defense," to his last-ditch, year-long project to overcome his symptoms. Bell's story provides plenty of lessons, perspective and hope for those living with OCD-either their own or someone else's-in a funny, highly entertaining narrative.
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--Charles Osgood, CBS News Sunday Morning anchor
"A page-turner for anyone interested in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Beautifully written and gripping in its intensity, it takes the reader on the perilous adventure of the fight against OCD. Jeff Bell enlists us on his journey: his sense of humor, irony, and reporting skills make this book a 'must read.'"
--Judith l. Rapoport, MD, author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing
"This is an epoch-making book. It is one of the most incisive memoirs ever written on the experience of mental illness, and by far the best first-person account available on life from the point of view of the OCD sufferer. Jeff Bell has scaled the heights of narrative memoirs, conveying the excruciating details of the inner life of a man whose brain is on fire."
--Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, author of Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain
"In a most sensitive way, Jeff Bell explains what it's like to be inside of his own self-made prison and describes his efforts to heal himself. His emphasis on his own spirituality and his willingness to change his attitude will shine light on the road to recovery for the many people afflicted with this disorder."
--Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD, author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear
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He enlightened me to the understanding that this is a chemical disorder, and the treatments
available for it. Thanks to Mr. Bell.
Anyone who has a loved one with OCD should read this book.