A Cry For Help

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, Jun 1, 2011 - 137 pages
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DescriptionThis is the true story of a young man who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This condition drives him to crime and to periods in custody. The author writes with vigour of his dealings with other people, especially in a young offender's institution. This is a raw book, and the prose style mirrors that rawness. Stephen has a terrible fear, amongst others, of harming an elderly lady. Having to continually check that each and every elderly woman he passed in the street or came into everyday contact had not suffered at his hands. He had no urge to harm them, he just had terrible fears that he might. He was obsessed with 'not' being responsible for any harm to an elderly lady. Life, in general society, became unbearable! He decided that prison was the answer to his prayers; a safe haven. No old women in prison! A life of crime, with little regard to detection, followed. Life in British jails as a young prisoner and terms in young offenders institutions are described. You might feel pity or, perhaps, disgust when reading his unusual, but true, story.About the AuthorStephen Drake was born in Surrey in 1970 and was diagnosed with OCD in 1989, having spent periods in jail due to the condition. Further custody followed as stress heightened his obsessions. In 2006 Stephen wrote his first book entitled 'A Cry For Help' as a way of expressing his problems and changing his wayward course. 'A Cry For Ever' followed a year later, having been encouraged by benefits from his first book.

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This is not an easy read, with violence and strong language. However, it is well worth persevering with the book, as you begin to appreciate what it is like to suffer from an obsessive compulsive disorder. It opened my eyes to the fact that OCD can wreck lives. Stephen Drake must be congratulated for bringing these harrowing experiences to a wider audience. It should help others afflicted with this condition by creating a greater awareness of the illness and how it can be treated. 

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