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Touch and go Joe: an adolescent's experiences of OCD

Touch and go Joe: an adolescent's experiences of OCD

Wells, Joe, 1989-

Joe Wells narrates his battle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from its insidious beginnings and increasingly intrusive symptoms, to its diagnosis and treatment. He includes advice and coping strategies, as well as first-hand accounts of available treatments

Book. English.
Published London: Jessica Kingsley, c2006
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Statement of responsibility: Joe Wells ; illustrated by Joe Wells ; foreword by Isobel Heyman
ISBN: 1843103915, 9781843103912
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Shelf-Help
Physical Description: 128 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Wells, Joe, 1989-; Obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescence Patients Biography.

Contents

  1. Foreword.
  2. 1. Worrying.
  3. 2. Poisoning of the Mind.
  4. 3. Vulnerability.
  5. 4. Guilty Mind.
  6. 5. Am I Mad? 6. Learning to Count.
  7. 7. Keeping My Secret.
  8. 8. Learning to Walk the Walk.
  9. 9. OCD Abroad.
  10. 10. Getting Help.
  11. 11. Convincing Myself of OCD's Irrationality.
  12. 12. Challenging.
  13. 13. Depression and OCD.
  14. 14. Citalopram.
  15. 15. The Awful Truth.
  16. 16. Getting On with It.
  17. Appendix 1.

Author note

Joe Wells is a 16-year-old student who has recently completed his GCSEs. He suffered from OCD from the age of 9, kept it a secret until age 12, and is now able to talk openly about the condition.

Reviews

I feel as if I have been waiting for this book. Children and teenagers with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have been asking for this book for years.||This honest account will raise awareness of this common yet often misdiagnosed disorder and will be of interest to anyone who has suffered from or knows someone who suffers from OCD, including children, adolescents, teachers, mental health professionals, parents and carers.||The book gives an insight that a text book or journal article could never do. It raises prominent issues of media negativity and societal stigma to diagnosis, and the effect on individuals. This book will be a useful tool for professionals, families, and most importantly anyone with OCD. This book is so useful that I'm now using it as a therapeutic intervention with a patient to help normalise and lift the stigma that they feel.||A fantastic achievement - as equally valuable as an inspiration for those with the condition and an insight for those who wish to understand it better. A brave and fascinating book.||This true story provides valuable insight into the life of a teenager and his experience of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Joe is a sixteen-year-old boy who writes openly about what it is like to live under the control of OCD and of his battle to regain control of his thoughts, feelings and actions. Joe offers a range of practical advice and coping strategies in the form of a summary at the end of each chapter and in the appendix, which makes this book a very valuable resource to inform and inspire people experiencing OCD and those close to them. This story will also allow other children and teenagers experiencing this disorder to realise they are not alone and that recovery is possible, a point professionals often struggle to portray. I would also recommend this book to those wanting to understand more about this interesting condition. The goes a long way to increase awareness and recognition of OCD and is a well written, easy to read story.||Written by 16-year old Joe, a sufferer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) since he was 9, this book is an excellent read. The short chapters are well defined, with helpful summaries at the end of each one. It gives a fascinating insight to the world of someone with OCD, taking us through Joe's treatment and recovery, and charting the ups and downs of his life with OCD and the battle to overcome it. The book conveys a lot of information about the disorder, in a down-to earth and humorous way. It would be a helpful resource for family members of those with OCD, as well as teachers, youth workers and even for sufferers themselves. Thoroughly recommended.||Joe comes across wise beyond his years when it comes to perception of OCD and how it should be treated, not to mention his very good sense of humour which is evident within the book.