From a young age, Fletcher Wortmann spent countless hours absorbed by his obsessions. In third grade, he became consumed with the idea that every non-water substance on the planet would soon freeze. He spent hours laying plans for how he and his family would survive. Over and over, he replayed an imagined apocalypse.
Though he wouldn't be diagnosed until many years later, in retrospect Wortmann realized the episode marked his "first full-blown bout" with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Wortmann was diagnosed with a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder after his sophomore year in college.
In his memoir Triggered, Wortmann examines the origins of his anxieties, and how he came to be overwhelmed by intrusive thoughts.
He talks with NPR's Neal Conan about how he gradually learned to cope with what some call the "doubting disorder."
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