Professor Frederick M. Toates from Cambridgeshire, England, author of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2nd revised edition, Class Publishing, 2007) takes his readers through his personal journey living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Throughout the first part of his book Fred Toates describes gently yet graphically his childhood and adolescent days suffering the onslaught that comes with the symptoms of obsessions and corresponding compulsions, typically seen in OCD.

What I liked about “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” was how the author pulled me into the pages, luring me to travel with him on his quest for a personal remedy – a remedy that would significantly reduce his obsessive rumination; one that focused on an agonising threat about death.

Dr. Olga Coschug-Toates, a physicist and medical translator adds flavour as she collaborates with Fred in the second part of the book. Once again the reader is transported to another area of study – a study of detailed research discussing the history of famous people seemingly tormented by various subtypes of OCD.

Clues that help put a finger on the origins of the disorder are described with fascinating details. Film producer and aircraft manufacturer Howard Hughes (1905-1976) and his fears about contamination is discussed in captivating detail; then to Charles Darwin (1809-1882), founder of the theory of evolution; plus interesting facts are revealed about writer and philosopher Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) amongst other historical figures.

“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” discusses briefly “BrainLock” (published originally in 1996) by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., an American psychiatrist and researcher in the field of neuroplasticity and its application to obsessive compulsive disorder. This is interesting to note from a bio-behavioural viewpoint as it strengthens the meaning of Fred Toate’s biological psychology for treating obsessive compulsive disorder.

“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” is not only an insightful read for the person living with OCD; it is also an excellent resource for professionals who work with people on the OCD spectrum.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – 2nd Edition