The Man Who Couldn't Stop

  • by David Adam
  • Narrated by Daniel Philpott
  • 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this captivating fusion of science and personal memoir, writer David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind. David has suffered from OCD for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn't Stop is his honest attempt to understand the condition. At what point does a harmless idea 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 an audiobook that will challenge the way you think about what is normal, and what is mental illness.

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What the Critics Say

"Superb... A brave and helpful contribution to deepening our understanding of the intricate complexities of mental ill-health." (The Times)
"Combines a scientific account of OCD from ancient times to the most recent research with passages of tenderly written memoir." (Telegraph)

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Customer Reviews

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A valuable book

I don't have OCD, but I'm interested as a 'third party', and I found this account very valuable to help me understand, as far as one can (OCD does seem so odd to someone who is not affected directly). I do believe that David Adam is a genuine expert on the subject through being a sufferer himself, with insights more worthwhile than those of 'expert psychologists' who try to treat sufferers. He weaves his own story in with his reading of scientific research and his own experience of treatment, to provide a convincing overview of the whole topic. I cannot recommend this book to sufferers, but I would recommend it enthusiastically to anyone in my position, trying to be sympathetic and helpful to a sufferer.
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- Judy Corstjens

Lively, informative, and personable

Any additional comments?

This book brilliantly uses a rich and personal account to educate the listener about OCD - both what it is, and what it is not. It's a really balanced perspective, helpful both to myself as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist and I'd imagine to listeners who themselves are experiencing challenges associated with obsessive and compulsive symptoms.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks