In 2007 Fletcher Wortmann was diagnosed with crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). His book Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder deals with the challenges of growing up with undiagnosed OCD and how he learned to manage his disorder. After receiving treatment at the OCD Institute at Mclean Hospital, Fletcher went on to graduate from Swarthmore College with a Bachelors in English Literature, writing his senior thesis on the evolution of the superhero in American culture.
Fletcher has been variously employed as a college Writing Instructor, “Party Associate,” SAT tutor, record store clerk, farm-stand hand, and on-line magazine contributor. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and currently lives in New York.
TriggeredA Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Thomas Dunne Books
In this brilliant memoir, Fletcher Wortmann takes us on an intimate journey across the psychological landscape of OCD, known as the "doubting disorder," as populated by God, girls, and apocalyptic nightmares. Wortmann unflinchingly reveals the elaborate series of psychological rituals he constructs as "preventative measures" to ward off the end times, as well as his learning to cope with intrusive thoughts through Clockwork Orange-like "trigger" therapy.
Fletcher speaks extensively on OCD and its many forms. His many speech topics include:
Different on the Inside Fletcher describes the challenges of managing a cloaked disability in school or at work in a society that stigmatizes mental illness.
Obsessive The lesser-known form of OCD that is characterized by ritualistic thoughts but is absent of visible compulsions.
Lessons from an Obsessive-Compulsive ChildhoodRecalling the challenges of growing up with un-diagnosed OCD, Fletcher outlines how the symptoms can be recognized by parents and some coping mechanisms for OCD sufferers.
Everything is Exposure from a first person perspective, Fletcher explains the principles of Exposure Response Therapy and how both sufferers and non-sufferers can confront and challenge their anxiety.
The Rise and Fall of the American Superhero One of Fletcher's special interests and the topic on which he wrote his senior thesis, the evolution of this American icon includes a genealogy of the superhero from Superman through Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men as well as the post-modern creations of current authors such as Grant Morrison.
Generation Zero- the Curious Plight of Twenty-Somethings in the 21st CenturyArmed with humor, Fletcher explores the world of post-adolescence in the era of the Wii, online dating, and the recession.
*Named one of Booklist's Top 10 Science and Health Books for 2012*
"'Consider...at any moment, the end of the world could occur...[Now] prove, with absolute certainty, that this is not true.' In his grimly funny memoir, Wortmann, an actor and comedy writer, describes the heart-thumping panic that came with his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Only adherence to certain elaborate rituals, he believed, could ward off annihilation. Triggered is key reading for suffferers of this debilitating condition -and for those who want to understand them."
—People magazine (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
"Wortmann writes eloquently about his battles with OCD, constructing dense, dramatic prose to convey even the tiniest observations... his inspiring victories after successful treatment ring true."
"Though meant to help anyone who suffers from mental illness, Wortman’s chronicle is also intended for the rest of us, as it sheds illuminating light on an often misunderstood and quite mysterious condition.”
—Booklist (starred review)