He had developed obsessive-compulsive disorder, or O. Despite the distress his AIDS obsession caused him, he managed to live with, and to hide, his condition for years. The next day he made an appointment with his doctor, and began a course of treatment that included medication daily milligrams of an S. A writer and editor at Nature, Adam is a companionable Virgil, guiding the reader through the hellish circles of the disorder, explaining scientific concepts in clear, nontechnical prose.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can make people do weird things.
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My favorite anecdote from the book: A Canadian man whose O. So, what is O.
As with so many mental afflictions, the answer is hardly straightforward. David Adam's book should provide them with consolation you are not alone and hope he's much better now --and it provides all readers with a fascinating glimpse of an unusual but enduring form of psychopathology.
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He also provides hope that while OCD can derail even the most placid life, it can be overcome. The mental-disorder memoir.
In The Man Who Couldn't Stop , Adam more than meets it, writing with honesty, compassion and even humor about a malady so often stigmatized and caricatured. This is the most comprehensive and compassionate book on OCD to date, and it offers hope that our thinking and behavior--both individual and collective--can change.
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The Man Who Couldn't Stop is at once a fascinating exploration of the latest neuroscience, a rollicking history of the often truly misguided attempts to heal broken minds, and a courageous chronicle of Adam's own journey from shame and stigma to understanding and healing. A wholly unexpected, illuminating, and unforgettable book.
Well-researched, witty, honest and irreverent, Adam's account proves as irresistible as his subject. For all the impressive marshaling of information, it is Adam's own story of his struggles with the condition. Adam seamlessly moves between personal stories of his own struggles with OCD and case studies of other people with the disorder.
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Psychological studies have shown onset can often be traced to trauma; neurobiologists point to dysfunction in a processing loop that includes the basal ganglia; animal studies show compulsive behaviors are not limited to humans. Fascinating case histories, both famous and not, help keep the pace brisk. The result is a rich and unblinkingly reasonable portrait of a mental illness whose hallmark may be irrationality. With clear-eyed candor, Adam describes seeking reassurance by compulsively calling the National Aids Helpline and checking towels, doorknobs and clothing for signs of blood.
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A person with OCD can spend up to 10 hours a day on obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Of course, he could never be absolutely certain he had not, through some supremely unlucky fluke, contracted the disease.
All these case histories and fascinating links lead to a grander plan made explicit in the final chapters. They may not exist at all. Worse, argues Adam, the category approach stymies understanding of mental illness and the discovery of new treatments. Panels that award research grants to scientists and journal editors who decide what to publish, all tacitly support and follow it.