An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us and what it means to live with obsessive compulsive disorder
Dr David Adam is a writer and editor at Nature, the world's leading scientific journal. Before that he was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on science, medicine and the environment. He was named feature writer of the year by the Association of British Science Writers, and reported from Antarctica, the Arctic, China and the depths of the Amazon jungle.
Well-researched, witty, honest and irreverent, Adam's account proves as irresistible as his subject * Kirkus Reviews * David Adam, a successful writer, is also a sufferer of obsessive compulsive disorder ... He covers the history of OCD, the treatments that have been tried without success, and his experience of cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT, which was greatly helpful. A well-written, thorough account * Independent * A lucid, humane -- only intermittently autobiographical - science book ... offers a clear history through riveting case studies and the work of key figures * Metro * A captivating first-person account of how a blizzard of unwanted thoughts can become a personal nightmare. At times shocking, at times tragic, at times unbelievably funny, it is a wonderful read * Focus * An insider's tour of the OCD brain, providing insight into the cultural and scientific evolution of how we view and treat a disorder that affects up to 3% of people worldwide * Nature * This blew me away. Stunning -- Ian Sample * Guardian * [An] engaging, exhaustively researched neuro memoir, a blend of brain science and personal history * Evening Standard * Adam recounts his journey with humour and detachment * Literary Review * Superb... A brave and helpful contribution to deepening our understanding of the intricate complexities of mental ill-health * The Times * The Man Who Couldn't Stop is quite simply book of the year, on living with OCD: just buy it now -- Adam Rutherford Combines a scientific account of OCD from ancient times to the most recent research with passages of tenderly written memoir * Telegraph * A fascinating study of the living nightmare that is obsessive compulsive disorder ... one of the best and most readable studies of a mental illness to have emerged in recent years ... an honest and open and, yes, maybe life-changing work -- Matt Haig * Observer * Clear-sighted and eminently accessible ... a fundamentally important book that will bring a breath of fresh understanding to sufferers - as well as mental-health professionals, and family and friends of anyone who exhibits symptoms of OCD. I urge anyone to buy it. It will make you think again * Sunday Times *