Freed from OCD is an impressive account and exhaustive study of living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for ten years. Dr. George Shank gives clarity to its destructiveness of life with family, friends, and colleagues.The story follows his OCD from its inception, to his becoming housebound, to its demise and the freedom that followed. His wife, Joyce, then gives an account of living and suffering with him, conveying the bond that kept them together amid the traumatic years.
Most importantly, the book's theme prepares the reader for the miracle of healing. Having received this healing, Dr. Shank provides valuable insight and hope for those who suffer from OCD and the people who love them.
One person out of fifty is affected by OCD. Half of all OCD cases are severe, and pharmaceutical fail rates reach 90 percent. But Dr. Shank’s story proves that the odds can be beaten.
The author gives a voice of self-help to those who live with OCD and the family and friends who want to help them.
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George’s story possesses a particular characteristic. It comes into focus without announcement or awareness as it unfolds—not suddenly but quietly, almost imperceptibly. Like random pieces of a puzzle—each a different shape and size—the events, people, and ideas come together in a meaningful form. First a corner and then a side, and finally the entire border falls into place. But the scene is not immediately clear.
As pages turn in this book, more sections fit together. Meaningfulness begins to emerge. By the end, the picture is obvious. The words within place a frame around his particular scene, which is obsessive compulsive disorder—psychological healing through faith, self-analysis writing, and therapeutic madness. Within these pages appear truths for all people facing today’s demands.
Here the rigorous and complex journey into George’s subconscious mind starts. In his mind’s eye, he stands looking down a flight of steps representing levels of his subconscious. The farther he descends, the more anxious he becomes. George is profoundly unsettled, and to escape this feeling he obsesses about it until the anxiety is reduced. By then, however, the next step down is reached and the process continues.
George’s story compares to such an image. He travels down a metaphorical flight of stairs that leads him deeper and deeper into himself.