Zwanghaft: Wenn obsessive Gedanken unseren Alltag bestimmen
An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorder
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, David Adam explores the weird thoughts that ex...more
I have frequently joked that I have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), usually as a way to laugh off my sudden bouts of cleaning and organizing.
But after reading this book, I think I shall retire that joke. I don't have OCD, and for that I am grateful. People who suffer from OCD are living in a hellish state — they cannot control their obsessive thoughts, and their tho ...more
I heard about this book from a friend who texted me to listen to NPR for a book talk with the author. The interview was really interesting so I decided to check the book out from the library. I have dealt with OCD most of my life. I found this book to be a great comfor ...more
To understand what makes people do the strangest thing he meets with other sufferers of the illness. There are all sorts of sufferers in the book, ...more
Having suffered to a greater or lesser extent from OCD since I was a teenager, I fully recognize the peculiar and terrifying nightmare - or nightmares - it can suck you into, and, as a sufferer himself, Adam is unflinching about his own OCD (which in his case takes the form of a crippling fear of catching Aids) and also brings to bear the more objective eye of an ...more
This book is easy-to-read, well-written, and interesting enough. The problem is that it meanders into medical territory, explaining possible reasons for the condition, and discussing different t ...more
One aspect that I loved about this book was the fact that the author offered additional reading and r ...more
Adams, himself a long-term journeyman with OCD, writes about the history, 'causes', research, a ...more
As someone who has had OCD, I can defintely say a lot of research has gone into this book. If you don't know anything about OCD I can defintely say you will learn a lot from this book. Hopefully you will understand some of the common misconceptions around the disorder.
This book is described as being 'funny' I personally didn't find anything funny about it. It was well written and interesting. But it was very factual in some ...more
I'm not a big fan of non-fiction, but when I do read it, it has to be on the topic of my interest. In this case, psychology and abnormality.
This book by David Adam introduces the mental disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - one of the many mental disorders that pique my utmost interest. To briefly explain, it is a disorder where one repeatedly does something that causes them distress - washing hands, not stepping on cracks, or flicking switches for a number of times - t ...more
I think if it hadn't been for how well it was written, it would hav ...more
Dr David Adam was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on science, medicine and the environment and is now a writer and editor at Nature, the world's top scientific journal. David also has OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
While most people associate OCD with excessive hand washing or counting behaviours, Adam's OCD manifests itself with obsessive thoughts about the possibility of incidental blood transfer which could lead to him contracting, or passing on AIDS (d ...more
Most impactful were descriptions of the author's own experiences, as well as a number of case studies concerning other folk with mental diso ...more
I have had some pretty serious intrusive thoughts in my days and while I was reading I did remember some strange ...more
Not done yet, but looking forward to finishing.
Quotes of note:
"Obsession has no regard for rational explanation. No pathology of thought can be solved with more thought." P 12
"Why I am writing this book? Obsession encourages attention to turn inward and drains focus from relationships with others. OCD cements the presence of an individual at the centre of their mind and their actions. And it
I consider myself to be decently educated on the topic of OCD for a sixteen year old, but I always want to know more so finding this novel in my local library was a lovely surprise.
David Adams creates a remarkable and evidently well-research novel on not only his own authentic experiences with a crippling mental disorder, but al ...more
Officially, it is no more possible to be a little bit OCD than it is to be a little bit pregnant or a little bit dead.OCD, more so than other mental illnesses, suffers under its public perception of unusual cleanliness and quirky rituals, that much is public knowledge. Rarely do people who say things like "I'm so OCD about this." or "OCD goals!" when they see neatly arranged stacks of colour-coded stationary consider the ramifications of their own words. David Adam's personal account of OCD ...more
This is one I'd never heard of, and I haven't actually read a lot specifically about OCD.
OCD is/was part of both my parent's lives, in a small-to-moderate degree, and to a mild degree I've experienced some s ...more
This passage describes the exaggerated sense of threat and personal responsibility that sufferers feel:
“Some people with OCD are compelled to pick up pieces of broken glass from the street. They worry that, if they don’t, then someone else might cut themselves on the glass. If the person with OCD fails to prevent that happening, they think, well I may as well have walked up to the stranger and ...more
Overall I loved learning about OCD an how it has been treated/viewed over the ages. The novel, despite on ...more
It was delightful to see different cases of OCD and to see OCD explained as something else than being a little uptight about cleanliness. Especially nice to see in depth explanation of intrusive thoughts and it effects on the diagnosis. Also focuses on different treatment but with explanation that what works for one case may not work for another.
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