Triggered: A first-person memoir of OCD


Hour 1

You don’t want to know what writer FLETCHER WORTMANN is thinking. For many of his 25 years he was consumed by thoughts of intrusive, taboo, abhorrent acts so perverse he became suicidal out of his concern about acting on them. Wortmann was diagnosed with the anxiety disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in 2007, in his early years at Swarthmore College, and spent that fall in a residential program. His essays, published in Swarthmore’s Phoenix and its literary magazine, The Night Café, describing his trials of his disorder and therapy, have become a new memoir, “Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” He’ll be joined by his therapist, Dr. JONATHAN GRAYSON, director of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia, to explain the trigger therapy, which has saved Wortmann’s life.

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