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  • Published: 18 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968250
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Man, Interrupted

Welcome to the Bizarre World of OCD, Where Once More is Never Enough



MAN, INTURRUPED gives us a glimpse into the tortured world of a man suffering from what is an increasingly common disorder. But far from being a doom-laden account of mental illness, the result is uniquely revealing, hilariously entertaining and wonderfully rewarding.

James Bailey's form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was as bizarre as it was unbearable. He was obsessed by a fear of drugs and their effects, believing himself to be in constant danger of becoming insanely high through people spiking his food, or even by just touching a photograph of a marijuana leaf.

The treatment programme he went through at a specialist American clinic was challenging, to say the least. He was asked to shake hands and mingle with the local junkies, fighting his anxieties and the urge to go and wash for as long as possible in order to 'expose' himself to his fears.

Man, Interrupted gives us a glimpse into the tortured world of a man suffering from what is an increasingly common disorder. But far from being a doom-laden account of mental illness, the result is uniquely revealing, hilariously entertaining and wonderfully rewarding.

  • Published: 18 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968250
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the author

James Bailey

Jim Bailey was born in Arkansas City, Kansas and is an actor and writer. He was struck with a crippling form of OCD in the mid-'70s. Now recovered, he lives in Louisiana.

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Praise for Man, Interrupted

I love James Bailey's book. Right from the first page, I was riveted by his compelling, honest account of that intense part of his life. The book is fraught with wonderfully unique encounters. I recommend it to anyone and everyone

Mel Brooks, film director and screenwriter

If you have a functioning heart and like to laugh, take this book home. You are sure to connect

Brian Reilly, film producer

A vivid memoir

Daily Telegraph

A very funny, profound, soul-searching account of James' emotional journey . . . the story sits somewhere between The Catcher in the Rye and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Bizarre

Amazing! As hilarious as it is gripping. Our generation's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Mary Janice Davidson, bestselling author

I love James's book! It completely captivated with wonderful and funny moments about the life and times of an OCD sufferer. Everyone should read it

Michael Lionello Cowan, film producer

I found it funny with many interesting moments

Barry Levinson, film producer and director

It is no wonder that Mel Brooks is a long-time friend and admirer of Bailey's writing. Maybe there's even a film character in the making

Bath Chronicle

The particular strength of Bailey's book is that he is not afraid to show himself as deeply unpleasant

Mail on Sunday

Bailey's vivid sense of humour means he relates his story with a knowing sense of the absurd . . . illuminating

Daily Mail

A wonderful memoir

Daily Telegraph

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