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As a fellow sufferer of OCD, I can definitely feel the anguish Jeff Bell was going through during the severe bouts of anxiety he suffered (and most likely still suffers). This is something that OCs will probably be the ones to understand, or the ones to really appreciate this book, I think. I know I did. Certain passages really grabbed my attention and spoke to me.One day I boast of being on top of the world, the next I use the most dire language possible to describe the depths of my hell. One d...
As a sufferer of clinical OCD since childhood, I haven't had the courage to read a book on the subject until now. I once tried to watch a TV special on it and ended up vomiting all night. That being said, I can attest that Jeff Bell's accounts of his OCD is accurate and relatable to anyone with the same disorder. I am a "checker" myself-- both a mental checker AND a physical checker. I'm also a "repeater" and a "reassurance seeker" to a fault. I'm now medicated and I see a therapist every other
This is a heart-wrenching look into what it's like to live with severe OCD. And believe me, it seems severe and devastating. The writing is not what's tedious about this book: what really makes you squirm is the repetition that makes little sense to non-OCD brained people. And it's a good kind of squirm, because sometimes it's necessary to know others' pain as part of growing up.Bell's memoir was a quick read that I could hardly put down. It's easy to get absorbed in, and easier still to just ke...
This is a lot more readable than the last book on OCD I read a few months ago, probably because the author has worked in communications for years. He's a radio announcer/reporter in CA, who was (and still is!) happily married, successful, etc., when for no particular reason (no trauma in his life), his anxiety and guilt about safety - mostly other people's safety - shot through the roof.He writes about his attempts to get help in the 90's, different strategies and therapy, coping with OCD, hidin...
This book was painful to read - it always makes me really uncomfortable to read about the episodes that other OCDers suffer. However, it also makes me feel less weird and alone about it, and occasionally I find something useful in terms of behavioral ways to combat my compulsions. The author's relatively spiritual methods for living with his OCD will not work well for me, I'm afraid.
I love anything to do with psychology so I figured I'd enjoy this book. The first bit was somewhat interesting, but as it went along I found it a bit boring and hard to focus on - so I stopped after a few chapters. Maybe others would enjoy it though.
Probably the most detailed look into an OC's brain that I've ever read or seen. His OCD makes my childhood (PANDAS) OCD look like a trip to Hawaii---and I had it all: scrupulosity, harm, checking, repeating, washing, illness. even sexual. Jeff's illness, although limited in scope, seemed to consume him from the inside-out. It's amazing that he suffered for so long yet was able to pull himself out of it. What a brave, determined person.
This book was too long and drawn out. I usually read a book in less than a week and this took me nearly a month because it was difficult to stay involved with.
I love reading memoirs about funky brains - whether about brain disorders, quirky personalities, mental illnesses or really anything that gets to what makes us tick the way we do. And I have a bit of an obsession with OCD and mental health that in recent years people are talking about more and more. So OCD - I am an orderer. For the most part my OCD is obsessive-compulsive personality, but not so much in disorder. But I GET IT. And once you have beaten it, it's really fun to read about it, at le...
Really liked this book. Makes me realize that I take for granted a life with a (somewhat) normal functioning brain, especially since I sometimes struggle with anxiety and racing/obsessive thoughts. I could relate to a lot of his issues (although not even close to what he suffers). The amount of compassion I feel for him is unending! He inspires me for doing the HARD work it takes to move forward one day at a time, as with an addiction. Also - his wife Samantha is a saint, and I'd love to read a
i bought this because i have a sister with ocd and i wanted to be more helpful than just messing up her counting when we walk up stairs at the same time. as i read, i found surprising connections to my own bipolar self and behavior i'd sort of ignored. moving with the author through his days, it is easy to see how a person can rationalize and even encourage their own obsessive thoughts. this book is a little light on how he learns to manage his mind. that is common with this sort of book. folks
Was not all that I was looking for, but then when does an OC think he can find all the answers in one place. Like too many of my life situations I may have been guilty of looking for a cure; rather than a solution. Bell did an excellent job of recounting his experience and reported well one other's. This illness presents with so many manifestations that one cannot, in a memoir, pretend to present them all. Regardless of presenting factors, we mostly like order (however chaotic it may seem to oth...
A fascinating book about an individual with OCD, specifically the checking type. The author does a great job of taking us through his daily struggles and triumphs while battling his OCD and helps us to see how challenging it is for him to get through an average day. It is however, primarily an inspiring story about finding the tools, resources, and strength in yourself to overcome what seem to be insurmountable odds. It is a very touching story and a quick read. The quote on the front of the boo...
I remember Jeff Bell as a commentator on KFBK in Sacramento and enjoyed his easy style of reporting. After reading this memoir, I have a new found respect for him. I have a friend who suffers from OCD and another friend's son who suffers from it; this really gave me insight to the turmoil each lives with daily. Good read if you are interested in how people with OCD view the world
I've been trying to find interesting books about mental health for an upcoming book club. Bell's memoir about his OCD takes you into the daily dialogue that he experiences in his brain. Sometimes reading this book became tedious, but that helped me gain a greater appreciation for the difficulties of those with OCD. If you ever wondered what goes on in a OCD brain, this is it.
First person account of the horrors of living with OCD. The author did find help by using the methods listed in the excellent book Brain Lock and through using the tools of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but had to personalize the tools so that they worked for him. Good resource for anyone who is OCD or knows someone who is.
I really want to pass this along to an OC friend, but don't know if he'll read a used book or consider it contaminated! I really appreciated this guy's honesty about his struggle, and that he admits it took a combo of therapy, meds, spirituality, connectedness and self-will to make strides. Very inspiring!
An excellent look inside the mind of an obsessive-compulsive and the struggle/journey Jeff Bell goes through to discover acceptance, release, and spirituality. I laughed, I cried, but most of all, I felt compassion and saw a bit of myself in Jeff's illness. A must-read for those struggling with or struggling to understand OCD or other anxiety-based illness. Five stars.
I liked this book. It wasnt that well written but it does what it is intended to do...recount a struggle with OCD. I like books that give hope. We can learn so much from other peoples lives, mistakes and experiences. Which is exactly why I love to read memoirs.
Astonishing first person account of OCD. This man has accomplished a tremendous feat in writing this clear, complex, highly readable and, yes, utterly compelling acount of his years coming to terms with OCD. Fascinating read.
This book changed my life. I can't recommend it more highly especially with all the OCD talk out there in the media these days - Jeff shares his honest touching inspiring story. Can't wait for his next book being published this fall by New World Library!!
Unfortunately this book just dragged on. It is rare that I give up on a book, but I just could not bare to trudge through it any further. Oh well. It was an interesting look into OCD; it just went on a little too long.
Although the focus of Jeff's OCD is different than mine, his writing is still eerily resonant. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to understand what it's like to be in the head of someone with OCD.
Hard for me to handle some of the subject, but definitely a solidly good read, and a quick read too.
Very well-written, but very painful to read. Because it is so well-written. Read at your own risk.
I learned a lot about OCD from this book - wow! Very enlightening and human
Terrific insight into an OCD sufferer's tortured world, and his failures in dealing with those issues, before an ultimately successful result - definitely recommended.
not quite what i thought it would be.
We've all heard of the most common manifestations of OCD, but Bell reveals and details his startling array of mind-boggling compulsions whose absurdity forces a sad-tinged laughter.
I learned so much about OCD, and how it impacts so many lives. We all have some OCD tendencies, so thankfully mine are not to this extreme.