The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

The Man Who Couldn t Stop OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts how our brains can turn against us and living with obsessive compulsive disorder Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or

  • Title: The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought
  • Author: David Adam
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  • Page: 396
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  • An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorder Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your car into oncoming traffic You are not alone In this captivating fusion of science, history, and personal memoir, David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exisAn intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorderHave you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your car into oncoming traffic You are not alone In this captivating fusion of science, history, and personal memoir, David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion Adam, an editor at Nature and an accomplished science writer, has suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn t Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences What might lead an Ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece, or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts Drawing on the latest research on the brain, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal and what is mental illness Told with fierce clarity, humor, and urgent lyricism, this extraordinary book is both the haunting story of a personal nightmare and a fascinating doorway into the darkest corners of our minds.

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    1. I like to wash my hands a lot, I admit it. I prefer a tidy home, and if my desk is a mess I have trouble concentrating at work.I have frequently joked that I have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), usually as a way to laugh off my sudden bouts of cleaning and organizing.But after reading this book, I think I shall retire that joke. I don't have OCD, and for that I am grateful. People who suffer from OCD are living in a hellish state — they cannot control their obsessive thoughts, and their t [...]

    2. This book took me a few months to read partly because I was writing down quotes as I read it. I hand wrote 31 different quotes from the book in a notebook I keep for that purpose. One of the quotes was an entire page from the book.I heard about this book from a friend who texted me to listen to NPR for a book talk with the author. The interview was really interesting so I decided to check the book out from the library. I have dealt with OCD most of my life. I found this book to be a great comfor [...]

    3. How many times have you said 'Oh, I'm a little bit OCD about that'? Maybe, like me, you like to hang out the washing using certain coloured pegs for certain garments, or maybe you have to have all your Coca Cola cans facing the same way in the fridge (just like David Beckham). Most of us have a few little rituals that we carry out, but most of us don't let the thoughts about our rituals, or what would happen if we didn't do them, take over our lives. Most of us don't have OCD, Obsessive Compulsi [...]

    4. O C D. Not only are the letters in the wrong order, but this condition is one of the biggest mental health issues affecting people after depression. Adam has suffered from this illness for a very long time now and in this book he uses all his journalistic skills to write an honest account of how it has affected him with his obsessions and compulsions.To understand what makes people do the strangest thing he meets with other sufferers of the illness. There are all sorts of sufferers in the book, [...]

    5. Skatījos, ka esmu galīgi palaidies populārzinātnisko grāmatu lauciņā. Ja blogošanas pirmsākumos es populāro zinātni šķaidīju ar krievu fantastiskajiem bojevikiem, tad tagad esmu palicis gandrīz vai tikai par fantāzijas un zinātniskās fantastikas lasītāju. Un es nemaz neskaitu padomjlaiku sēriju ietvaros pārlasītās grāmatas!Gandrīz katram cilvēkam laiku pa laikam galvā iešaujas kāda uzmācīga doma. Piemēram, stāvot uz klints malas, tilta vai augstas ēkas pēkšņ [...]

    6. I picked this book up because I have always found mental disorders an interesting topic, and I feel that I have finished this book having achieved exactly what I hoped I would; to have learnt something new. This book has given me a huge insight into the world of mental illness as well as OCD, in a personable way that provided scientific understanding that was never divorced from the human aspect.One aspect that I loved about this book was the fact that the author offered additional reading and r [...]

    7. I gobbled up this book in less than a week - which is speedy for me, I'm a slow reader - after a friend gave it to me for my birthday.Having suffered to a greater or lesser extent from OCD since I was a teenager, I fully recognize the peculiar and terrifying nightmare - or nightmares - it can suck you into, and, as a sufferer himself, Adam is unflinching about his own OCD (which in his case takes the form of a crippling fear of catching Aids) and also brings to bear the more objective eye of an [...]

    8. A lot of people have misconceptions about what OCD is. Often, they are confusing it with OCPD, where we think of people being overly clean and keeping everything in order. Those with OCPD don't see it as irrational behaviour. OCD on the other hand is obsessing over intrusive thoughts and using compulsions to counteract them. Sometimes those compulsions are cleaning or order, but often not. The book goes into the difference and similarities between anxiety and OCD, which helps put it into context [...]

    9. The Man Who Couldn't Stop was an eye-opening experience. OCD is something I've aways wanted to learn about, at least to a greater depth to what I know of the constant-hand-washing mental deficiency portrayed in Hollywood films (which, of course, is so far from the reality of OCD it's almost embarrassing that I've even uttered the words 'a bit OCD' in a variety of contexts. They say ignorance is bliss.)Adams, himself a long-term journeyman with OCD, writes about the history, 'causes', research, a [...]

    10. Dr David Adam, a writer and editor at Nature, the world's top scientific journal has written an accessible book about Obsessive Compulsive behaviour. The book is part memoir – David has suffered from OCD- and part observation with many case studies, and stories of other OCD sufferers included in the book.This book is easy-to-read, well-written, and interesting enough. The problem is that it meanders into medical territory, explaining possible reasons for the condition, and discussing different [...]

    11. Rating: 5/5 starsI'm not a big fan of non-fiction, but when I do read it, it has to be on the topic of my interest. In this case, psychology and abnormality.This book by David Adam introduces the mental disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - one of the many mental disorders that pique my utmost interest. To briefly explain, it is a disorder where one repeatedly does something that causes them distress - washing hands, not stepping on cracks, or flicking switches for a number of times - t [...]

    12. So it seems I'm not as nuts as thought: a lot of Adam's experiences with OCD mirror my own, and there was some comfort in reading that. Like a lot of OCD sufferers, I wish I'd found out years ago that the thoughts in my head were a 'thing' rather than me just being well, weird. This makes it somewhat easier to deal with, but no less harder to externalise. The term OCD is overused and misused, and I am less charitable than Adam to people who claim they are 'a bit OCD'. Adam's riposte is, 'Now ima [...]

    13. Dr David Adam was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on science, medicine and the environment and is now a writer and editor at Nature, the world's top scientific journal. David also has OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.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 (d [...]

    14. This is an interesting but also quite emotional book. I had to stop in places as it was difficult for me. There's a lot of things I am a bit odd about, all the notes in my purse must face the same way, I can't look at digital clocks without adding up the numbers, and tea has to be in certain mugs while soup has to be in different ones. I am probably only one trauma or trigger away from slipping over the edge but still it's good to know there's science and treatment out there.

    15. So far the best book on OCD that I have read. Some great stories, like Winston Churchill always standing behind a pillar at train stops because he was afraid he'd throw himself down on the tracks. And poor Godel, who thought he was being poisoned, so he had his wife test everything he ate, and when she died, he starved to death.Not done yet, but looking forward to finishing.

    16. This is a good book in the sense that it educated me on the fact that OCD is a lot more (and a lot more serious) than just excessive hand washing or checking the lock. But the book lacks breadth and depth. (I’m comparing it with My Age of Anxiety.)

    17. Excellent book for those who suffer from OCD and want to understand what is going on with their brains. This passage describes the exaggerated sense of threat and personal responsibility that sufferers feel:“Some people with OCD are compelled to pick up pieces of broken glass from the street. They worry that, if they don’t, then someone else might cut themselves on the glass. If the person with OCD fails to prevent that happening, they think, well I may as well have walked up to the stranger [...]

    18. A very deep insight of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with a personal narration from the author himself. It was delightful to see different cases of OCD and to see OCD explained as something else than being a little uptight about cleanliness. Especially nice to see in depth explanation of intrusive thoughts and it effects on the diagnosis. Also focuses on different treatment but with explanation that what works for one case may not work for another.

    19. I've seen OCD portrayed in films and I've heard (and probably spoken) the term "You're so OCD" when someone shows a particular way things must be done. But OCD is so much more. In this book we learn that the author's struggle with OCD and the science and psychology behind it all. Very interesting. I learned a lot.

    20. The Man Who Couldn't Stop is an engaging memoir and a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about OCD than can be found on medical websites. As someone who suffers from OCD myself, this book was both validating and deeply relatable.

    21. Uma ótima introdução ao TOC, ideal para quem é leigo mas se interessa por saúde mental/psiquiatria. Há muitas referências de outras obras para saber mais, é bem estruturado para dar um panorama geral da doença (classificação, história, relação com religião, época da lobotomia etc.) e, como o autor tem a doença, temos um relato privilegiado de quem sente na pele.

    22. Must read book for OCD sufferers. Many people with OCD try hard to fight it but often they fail because they don't know about the true nature of OCD. "Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster." - Sun Tzu This book will help OCD sufferers to learn about their worst nightmare.Thank you,David Adam.

    23. A wonderful insight to the life of living with OCD and the complexity of the diagnosis. Not just of OCD but mental ilnesses in general.

    24. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop—OCD, and the true story of a life lost in thought by David AdamPublisher: PicadorRRP: $29.99ISBN: 9781447259374 TPBReviewer: Jenny Mounfield‘Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building, or steer your car into oncoming traffic?You are not alone.’Like Chicken Little, I spent several sleepless months in 1979 convinced the sky was falling—specifically, my fear centred on the earthbound space station, Skylab. I don’t know how, or why my fifteen- [...]

    25. I knew very little about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) outside what I gleaned from sit-coms (I'm looking at you Monk) and jokes. Like most people I had focused on the compulsion side of the disorder but the real terror and tragedy of the disease is the obsession. An obsession is not a hobby or a crush, it is an intrusive thought (often irrational) that will not leave. Intrusive thoughts are a normal part of being human but folks with OCD, some of these thoughts stick and plague them for ye [...]

    26. This is a fascinating and eye-opening overview of what is presently called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Adams himself struggles with OCD and his case history is sprinkled throughout the book, hooking the reader along with startling anecdotes. There are plentiful accounts of the forms that OCD has taken in other people: the book opens with the story of the girl who ate a wall.While there is inescapably a tell-me-more novelty about these accounts, the book is much more than an OCD 'zoo'. Adams c [...]

    27. This book is brilliant, and I wish I could hand it to everyone who said they were OCD because they like to keep a tidy house, or fold their clothes a certain way. (Thought the author would disagree with me, as he prefers to respond to someone who thinks they are "a little bit OCD" with a "imagine if it never stopped".) For anyone who has lived with OCD themselves or has experience firsthand in watching someone they love suffer from OCD, this book is absolutely brilliant. It weaves personal exper [...]

    28. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, even though it took a while to do so. It was the sort of book that you could dip in and out of as you please, so I did just that!But I found it was so so insightful. OCD, and indeed mental health can be, in our society, both a taboo subject, and mocked horrendously. My favourite thing of this book, was that, not only was is OCD, but it was so many other, more obscure cases of obsessive compulsive mental illnesses. And the real-life stories, I found, made it so [...]

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