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Book: Howie Mandel on OCD, ADHD

November 24th, 2009

Howie Mandel, USA Today photoFrom USA Today:

Comedian Howie Mandel answers questions about his new book, “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me” , arriving in stores today. The book details his lifelong struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

An excerpt:

Q: In your book, you say any public restroom freaks you out because of the germ factor. You write about not being able to take your daughter into one when she was a toddler. What are some of your other issues?

A: The difference between you and me is that even when I wash my hands, I can’t get it out of my mind that they’re not clean. I have to go back to the sink, I can’t even continue with my day. I have to leave the party, leave work. Those thoughts are so intrusive and on a continual loop that I can’t inhibit it. Everybody has irregular thoughts, but not like this.

Earlier post here.

(USA Today photo)

One Response to “Book: Howie Mandel on OCD, ADHD”

  1. Andy Lange Says:

    I think it’s terrific that a celebrity figure such as Howie Mandel is telling the world about his disorders. I think many fans will be surprised when they hear of his OCD and ADHD. Kids need more role models and public figures with disabilities to look up to. I feel like we as a society speak so often about needing to diversify, but often overlook those with disabilities who are underrepresented in the media.

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