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Can't just stop : an investigation of compulsions

Summary: "Mild compulsions, such as shopping with military precision or hanging the tea towels just so, are something most of us have witnessed, or even engaged in. But compulsions exist along a broad continuum, and at the extremes there exist life-altering disorders. Sharon Begley's meticulously researched book is the first to examine all of these behaviors together--from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to hoarding, to compulsive exercise, even compulsions to do good. They may look profoundly different, but these behaviors are all ways of coping with varying degrees of anxiety. With a focus on the personal stories of dozens of interviewees, Begley compassionately explores the role of compulsion in our fast-paced culture and the strange manifestations of this very human behavior throughout history. Can't Just Stop makes compulsion comprehensible and accessible, exploring how we can realistically grapple with it in ourselves and in those we love."--Jacket.

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  • ISBN: 9781476725826 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 1476725829 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9781476725840 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: print
    vi, 296 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: What is a compulsion? -- Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or, Is Fred in the refrigerator? -- With treatment, from blood in a snowbank to a career in Hollywood -- In the shadow of OCD: carrying conscientiousness too far -- Video games -- Smartphones and the Web -- Compulsions past -- Compulsive hoarding -- Compulsive acquiring, or I'll take two -- Compelled to do good -- The compulsive brain.
Subject: Obsessive-compulsive disorder Popular works

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Can't Just Stop : An Investigation of Compulsions
Can't Just Stop : An Investigation of Compulsions
by Begley, Sharon
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Can't Just Stop : An Investigation of Compulsions

Sharon Begley is the senior science writer at STAT , the life sciences publication of The Boston Globe . She previously worked at Reuters, Newsweek , The Daily Beast , and The Wall Street Journal . She is the author of Can't Just Stop ; The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson); Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain ; and The Mind and the Brain (with Jeffrey Schwartz). She has received numerous awards for communicating science to the public.

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