A Memoir of Childhood Ocd and Adult Obsession

Author: Dr James Manning

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Book Blurb:

Fused is a memoir written by Dr. James Manning. Manning is an author, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and the Managing Director of the West Suffolk CBT Service. Fused is an inspiring is an inspiring and illuminating work that examines OCD through the author’s own life experience. Manning interacts with his reader, using an easy, conversational writing style that informs while it engages the reader in his story.

My Review:

OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in mainstream media is seen as a character Quirk, from Monica in friends to Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory, we have seen characters who get irritated when things are not in their place or how they should be. These character traits are usually there to provide comic relief, but what we fail to see is what happens to the people who actually have to live with OCD. We hardly see books or any media portraying this seriously.

Fused is written by a person who suffers from OCD from his childhood, and then goes on to become a phycologist. So, we see and understand the workings of his mind from a very basic, raw, personal level on one hand, and a scientific level on other. We see how this issue made him reach the depth of isolation and depression and we also see how his study of the human mind helped him understand and accept himself. We see how coming across the cognitive behavioural therapy helped him understand and control his compulsive behaviours.

It is easy to become annoyed by a person with OCD, but if we step into their shoes it helps us empathise. This is a no-nonsense book on what goes on behind the scenes. It is a book for those who suffer from OCD, as they would be able to understand and empathise with the writing, and those who do not, as it would help get to know and understand people who do. I rate this book a 4 out of 4.