The Man Who Couldn't Stop

The Man Who Couldn't Stop : OCD and the true story of a life lost in thought

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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.Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton prizeWinner of the MJA Tony Thistlethwaite awardWinner of the IOCDF Illumination AwardShortlisted for British Psychological Association Book of the YearNew York Times science bestseller
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 26mm | 320g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1447259378
  • 9781447259374
  • 154,839

About David Adam

Dr David Adam is a writer and editor at Nature, the world's top scientific journal. Before that he was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on science, medicine and the environment. During this time 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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2 6% (140)
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