Man, Interrupted : Welcome to the Bizarre World of OCD, Where Once More is Never Enough Paperback
by James Bailey
James Bailey's form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was as bizarre as it was unbearable.
He was obsessed by a fear of drugs and their effects, believing himself to be in constant danger of becoming insanely high through people spiking his food, or even by just touching a photograph of a marijuana leaf.
The treatment programme he went through at a specialist American clinic was challenging, to say the least.
He was asked to shake hands and mingle with the local junkies, fighting his anxieties and the urge to go and wash for as long as possible in order to 'expose' himself to his fears.
Man, Interrupted gives us a glimpse into the tortured world of a man suffering from what is an increasingly common disorder.
But far from being a doom-laden account of mental illness, the result is uniquely revealing, hilariously entertaining and wonderfully rewarding.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/01/2007
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781845962142
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Review by crdf
It really is amazing how different people are. Most people think our differences come from our opinions, but it is so much more. This book allows us to see through the eyes of someone that has OCD and tries to help himself. James, had a severe OCD, he also experience some quite stressful events in his life, this turns him into a total weirdo. The book starts with his admittance to a stay-in clinic for helping people with OCD. From the moment he gets out of the cab his treatment starts and it has nothing to do with the heart-felt talk we see on movies. He is really honest in his book but not in life. While the topic is serious he makes us laugh at the ridiculous he gets himself into because of his OCD (like almost electrocuting himself, by washing the electric cables in his car with water and soap). Anyway it is a funny and honest reading and I think everyone that is not to familiar with mental illness should read this book. Don't worry - it is a funny and easy read. You have no idea what is happening into James' mind.