*** The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam


The author of The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought, a science writer, has been obsessed, in the medical sense, about getting infected by HIV for decades, and he mixes his own experiences with a history of the research about OCD and the meager treatment options.

One of the interesting aspect of the book is the emphasis on how normal and commonplace distressing thoughts are for all of us (it’s the obsession, not the thoughts, that separates the OCD sufferers from the rest of us), and how many well-known people suffer from OCD. The author’s self-deprecating tone is a great reminder that awareness is not sufficient for curing psychological disorders.

 

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