by Joe Wells - £9.99 Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781843103912 | ISBN 10: 1843103915
Have you ever found yourself worrying about the gerns on a door handle or counting the number of stairs at home? Do you avoid the cracks between paving stones as you walk down the street? Imagine what it would be like for these compulsions to dictate your daily life, and you have an idea of what it is like to live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Joe Wells is a teenager whose experience of OCD began at the age of nine, when he started obsessive hand-washing, tapping objects and worrying incessantly about contamination and germs. In this book, he writes openly about what it is like to live under the control of OCD and about his battle to regain control of his own thoughts and actions.
He explains the difficulties he has faced in reconciling OCD's irrational urges with the rational world around him, the problems that arise from trying to conceal the tradition and its crippling effects on relationships with family, friends and teachers.He offers practical advise and coping strategies that have worked for him and describes the demanding task of attempting to overcome OCD.
Written with disarming honesty and humour, Touch and Go Joe is a revealing insight into the life of a teenager with OCD that will inform and inspire people with OCD and anyone wanting to understand more about the condition.
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