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Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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“'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
“Fletcher Wortmann's memoir, Trigger, is an acid bath of self-revelation and recognition--incisive, sardonic, brutally honest. His defective "better angel" delivers the interior landscape of OCD with rare crystal clarity.” ―Gregory Frost, Director of Fiction Writing Workshop, Swarthmore College, and author of Shadowbridge
“Jack Kerouac's On the Road for OCD and the 21st century.” ―Jonathan Grayson, PhD., author of Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
“Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is for anyone who is or knows someone who is suffering from mental illness of any type. It is well-written by a man who could be writing fiction and mak[es] you laugh or cry depending on the moment.” ―Psych Central
“This is a fascinating memoir about mental illness. It is neither maudlin nor whinny, but it portrays a life lived under the weight of a serious disease. What surprised me most about the book was the light tone the author chose to tell his story.” ―NetGalley
“While the events he describes are universal (high school hell, the first kiss, first love, the crippling workload of Swarthmore academics), the complications arising from his disorder are unique, and portrayed with quirky honesty throughout his memoir.” ―Swarthmore Phoenix
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This was the experience of The Wortmann family -- It is a story about a son struggling for years in pain often feeling alienated from his peers and the world at large. It is a story about the parental pain of watching a child struggle and not being able to find the solutions to his problems. It is a story that documents the impact of mental health issues of one family member on the entire family and will resonate with any parent who has had to watch their child suffer.
This is a poignant, painful story that Fletcher Wortmann tells with intelligence and wit. As Mr. Wortmann takes us through his years of confusion and depair, the reader feels his pain as well. As he develops insights about his disorder and acceptance of the ongoing implications this will have in his life, the reader also feels a sense of accomplishment in overcomming adversity and a sense of triumph and hope for the future.Read more ›
Fortunately, the extremity of my sickness wasn't nearly as consuming as what Trigger's author has endured, but I think it's entirely possible that memoirs of this nature are going to eventually go hand-in-hand with treatment of OCD in the not too distant future. Even though Wortman expresses the cathartic nature of having written the book, I'm not sure if even he is fully aware of how powerful of a healing tool it will likely be for many, many people. It's pioneering in its honesty, and I don't know of any other book that so accurately details the horror associated with the intrusive thoughts that often characterize the disorder in question.
Heck, even if you don't suffer from OCD there is plenty to admire here: I mean, what's more resonant than the trials and tribulations of an awkward teen/twenty-something trying to find his place in the world? We've all been there, and, like Wortman, can reflect on the scenarios that defined our post-high school lives with at least a little humor.
But I digress. If you're looking for a candid glimpse into what it's like to be forged in the ever-present fires of OCD, Triggered is your book. It's simultaneously gut wrenching, hilarious, and poignant.
His insights are really quite profound, particularly when you consider how young he is (early twenties right now). I can highly recommend the book to anyone interested in OCD, mental illness, depression, anxiety, etc. He has a lot to teach us.
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This was a gift for someone, they are enjoying it and it fits the situation perfectly.Published 1 month ago by Freida Flamingo
Incredibly useful resource to gain insight into the life of someone with Pure OPublished 12 months ago by Maureen Boujaoude
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 17 months 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 17 months 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 19 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 19 months ago by Amanda