Fused: A Memoire of Childhood OCD and Adult Obsession

Dr. James Manning
CreateSpace (2016)
ISBN 9781540413536
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (12/16)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Fused: A Memoire of Childhood OCD and Adult Obsession’ by Dr. James Manning on Blogcritics.

“Fused: A Memoire of Childhood OCD and Adult Obsession” is the latest work by Dr. James Manning. Written in an autobiographical format, Dr. Manning tells a stunning first-hand account of living and dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD is a mental disorder where some individuals feel they need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines (hand washing, check to see if door is locked or have the inability to throw things out) or have certain thoughts repeatedly. The cause of OCD is unknown but can be attributed to stress inducing events, birth problems, and/or genetic tendencies.

I have had the opportunity and pleasure of reading several of Dr. Manning’s books and workbooks. His works are a great value to individuals who live with a variety of disorders. Even as a Psychologist myself, my experience with these issues only come from academic training and years of working in the field. For Dr. Manning, it comes from living with OCD, anxiety, and depression as well as his professional training and career. One cannot truly know what it is like to live this way of life unless experienced.

Dr. Manning’s book “Fused” gives an informative account living with OCD. He is open, honest, and writes in such a way one can only imagine how it was living a life with obsessed thoughts and routines daily. I really enjoyed reading about his journey from childhood and the growth that occurred. Many readers often believe that because one works in the psychology field they can cure themselves – not so.

“Fused” is a small book of 157 pages but gives so much information and insight. One will appreciate that any psychology terms Dr. Manning uses is provided in easy to read terms and he gives examples that everyone can understand or relate to.

Even though OCD affects only a small part of the population (1-2%), many are undiagnosed, or believe that this is normal for them. The author’s journey begins around the age of 10 when he first realized that he started taking everyone’s comments, looks, and behavior to heart in such a way that he was fearful and anxious. He also found that often he would “blank out” losing track of time and what was going on.

One term the author gives us is “brain architecture” which is the way growth and development of the brain occurs. Some of us are born “wired differently” and that affects how we view and relate to life. Another concern is that these individuals often have an over-inflated sense of responsibility and take on the world’s problems even though they really have no control over them. The author provides excellent examples of how OCD impacted his life and discusses how hard it was to address them. Many think that OCD can be cured, but that is not the case. It is always there waiting to pounce.

"Fused: A Memoire of Childhood OCD and Adult Obsession" by Dr. James Manning is one of the best readings I have done that truly shows personal experiences. There are so many great examples it is hard to discuss them all. If you know someone with OCD or even experience yourself this is a great read.


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