A Life Interrupted: The Story of My Battle With Bullying and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
By Sumi Mukherjee ~ Tormented by bullies in childhood, the author’s onset of OCD at the age of 16 took the form of horrific intrusive thoughts involving his bullies. He aims to raise public awareness that bullying has long been causing needless suffering in the lives of countless nice, intelligent, and sensitive people.
Overcoming his OCD through effective treatment, as well as love and support from his family and his own intelligence and inner strength, the author has become a professional public speaker focusing on prevention of bullying . He is based in Minnesota; he will be available in person in Texas during OCD Awareness Week, Oct 14-20, for media interviews and speaking engagements, as well as by phone and Internet. He will be an invited speaker at the OCD TEXAS conference in San Antonio Oct 19 & 20.
NOMINATED by: Irene Tobis, PhD, Professional Member of IOCDF:
I wish this wonderful, honest, engaging book could be required reading in college introductory psychology courses. It shows a nice young man, healthy, intelligent, loved by his family, descending into the hell of OCD — nightmarish intrusive thoughts and agonizing, exhausting behaviors he felt he had to perform to prevent harm to people he loved. It shows the isolation that so many people with OCD have experienced, hiding their secret thoughts and rituals for years from their involved and caring parents (even his mother, a PhD psychologist, was unaware of his condition), suffering needlessly, thinking they must surely be crazy and bad beyond redemption, until finally finding the right diagnosis and the right treatment. It also shows the social-emotional impact of “a life interrupted” by OCD, and his struggle, after finally getting his OCD under control, to develop skills necessary for more satisfying career and personal relationships. – Irene Tobis, PhD, President, OCD TEXAS, Local Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF);