Apr 01, 12
Read from March 31 to April 01, 2012
Wow. I heard this author interviewed by Neal Conan on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and was very intrigued. The author is clearly very bright, quite empathetic, and really funny. He suffers from a lesser-know form of obsessive compulsive disorder, pure o, which isn’t accompanied by any visible rituals. His repetitive behaviors are all in his mind. As a result, it took him quite a long time to be properly diagnosed, and he suffered greatly for it growing up.
Although there are certainly dark times in the book, Wortmann manages to introduce a great deal of humor in the telling. This is not just a book for people who suffer from mental health issues, or care for those who do. It’s a brilliant coming-of-age story of growing up in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in a society characterized by stress and anxiety.