Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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But even more than this, the author emerges as a preternatural talent as he unfolds a kaleidoscope of culture high and low ranging from his obsessions with David Bowie, X-Men, and Pokemon, to an eclectic education shaped by Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Catholic mysticism, Christian comic books, and the collegiate dating scene at the "People's Republic of Swarthmore."
Triggered is a pitch-perfect memoir; a touching, triumphantly funny, compulsively readable, and ultimately uplifting coming-of-age tale for Generation Anxiety.
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TRIGGERED: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Uneven but ultimately satisfying memoir of a young author's OCD.Growing up in Massachusetts, comic-book fan and video-game aficionado Wortmann managed to keep his undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive ... Read full review
“Triggered” offers an opportunity to experience a young author who appears to be mastering his craft before your eyes. His prose and clever wit pull you along as you anticipate almost greedily what comes next. Yet I often found myself going back and re-reading passages just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
The book is also an education about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which, at least for me (and I expect for many others) is a little known mental health disorder that is both misunderstood and misdiagnosed, particularly among children and young adults. The author, a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, suffered from this malady through childhood but was not diagnosed until he became a young adult. By itself, the needless suffering that he (and undoubtedly many other young people) undergo should make Triggered required reading for any parent with a child suffering from mental health maladies of the type that Wortmann so eloquently describes.
But in the end, "Triggered" is most admirable because it is a story of a young man who faces his most horrific nightmares and, through the painful process of Exposure Response Therapy, makes them blink. The fact that Wortmann is able to take us along on his journey with poignancy and even humor makes the experience of reading “Triggered” a rewarding one that left me, like Wortmann, “cautiously optimistic.”
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