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The Man Who Couldn't Stop The Truth About OCD by David Adam

The Man Who Couldn't Stop The Truth About OCD

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David Adam looks back on his own battles with OCD looking too into its history, effects and what medical research can and can’t reveal and more importantly what it can and can’t do to help the sufferers. How many times have you heard “Oh, I’m a little bit OCD...”? Well, here is what it’s really like to be consumed by obsessive thoughts, how it can almost destroy your life, your relationships and your future – not really a matter to be taken lightly at all.

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The Man Who Couldn't Stop The Truth About OCD by David Adam

A Sunday Times Bestseller 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, writer David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us towards obsessions and compulsions. David has suffered from OCD 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, humour 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.


'Clear-sighted and eminently accessible ... a fundamentally important book that will bring a breath of fresh understanding to sufferers - as well as mental-health professionals, and family and friends of anyone who exhibits symptoms of OCD. I urge anyone to buy it. It will make you think again' Sunday Times

'A fascinating study of the living nightmare that is obsessive compulsive disorder ... one of the best and most readable studies of a mental illness to have emerged in recent years ... an honest and open and, yes, maybe life-changing work' -- Matt Haig Observer

'Combines a scientific account of OCD from ancient times to the most recent research with passages of tenderly written memoir' Telegraph

'The Man Who Couldn't Stop is quite simply book of the year, on living with OCD: just buy it now' -- Adam Rutherford

'Superb... A brave and helpful contribution to deepening our understanding of the intricate complexities of mental ill-health' The Times

About the Author

Dr David Adam is a writer and editor at Nature, the world's leading scientific journal. Before that he was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on science, medicine and the environment. He was named feature writer of the year by the Association of British Science Writers, and reported from Antarctica, the Arctic, China and the depths of the Amazon jungle.

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Publication date

12th February 2015


David Adam

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Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan


336 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


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