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Coming Clean: Living with OCD [Paperback]

Hayley Leitch , Veronica Clark
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3 July 2014
Hayley Leitch was just four when she felt the need to jump her father's fishpond. Small for her age and unable to swim, Hayley almost drowned but she couldn't stop herself. One compulsion followed another until soon Hayley was performing exhausting rituals and was plagued by intrusive thoughts every day. As she grew, Hayley became obsessed with germs. She washed her hands with neat bleach and scrubbed her house for hours on end. Her fear of contamination was so crippling it prevented her from holding her babies at birth because her illness required the blood to be wiped from them first. On the eve of her wedding, Hayley cleaned the house for 18 hours solid. Her husband Robin pleaded with her to seek help. He suspected post-natal depression but he was wrong; Hayley was suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The illness had blighted her life and almost driven her to suicide. In Coming Clean, Hayley describes her daily battle with this much misunderstood illness. Her story is honest and heartbreaking - Hayley knows she will never be cured of OCD but explains how she sought professional help. It saved her life. By appearing on television, this remarkable young woman has brought the very taboo subject of OCD into the public arena. It's Hayley's wish to give hope to other OCD sufferers and allow them to lead a happier life.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782199179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782199175
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Veronica Clark has been a journalist for 26 years, writing real-life features for both national newspapers and magazines. During the past three years, she has ghost written five books; Coming Clean - Living with OCD, A Dog Called Dez, Stolen Girl, Justice for Colette (all John Blake Publishing) and a true-life memoir for Harper Collins Publishers. She is currently writing books six and seven, including a second memoir for Harper Collins, both which will be published next year (2015). For more information please contact Eve White Literary Agent, London.

You can follow Veronica on Twitter @Von77Clark.

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About the Author

Hayley Leitch was diagnosed with OCD is 2007. She is a personality on the UK television show "Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners." Veronica Clark is the author of "A Dog Called Dez," "Justice for Colette," and "Stolen Girl."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an honest account of a serious condition 11 July 2014
By VW
Format:Paperback
People often joke about jest that they have OCD but this book has given such a valuable insight into this debilitating disorder. Written from the heart and with such openness & honestly rarely seen in books such as this.

Was a fantastic story from start to finish & I have no doubt this will provide others with the confidence to seek help if they think they may be suffering from OCD.

A big well done to Hayley for being so brave & speaking out about something so personal and to your writer, Veronica who has such a great style of writing she managed to keep me gripped until the end.

Thank you
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This book describes in great clarity the devastating impact that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has had on Hayley (and her family) covering all aspects of her life. She managed to keep her obsessions a secret from family and friends for many years as she did not know it was a mental illness. Her journey from rock bottom to being able to manage the condition is remarkable. By going 'public' with her book Hayley has brought to the general population an awareness of the condition, and very importantly that there is treatment and support available to regain control of the obsessions. A really good read that should encourage anyone affected by OCD. Contact details for the support organisation are included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 25 Aug 2014
By Helen B
Format:Paperback
Wow, what a journey Hayley had with her OCD. I never imagined it could be so all-consuming. This book is a great insight into the condition and really highlights the extremity of its side effects. I would recommend this book to anyone who has OCD (in any form) and anyone simply interested in reading about something that seemingly, cannot be explained logically. A great read, thank you for sharing your experiences. And credit to Veronica Clark who has written a clear and coherent account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and fascinating read 6 July 2014
By Hannah
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading this book but right from the start Hayley's story had me wanting to know more about her and her story. I really liked how the book started with her at a young age and time was taken to build a picture of how such an illness can develop and how it affected her and develops as she gets older. This is a story of a remarkable lady who's illness not only makes for a fascinating read but hopefully her bravery in telling her story will help others who suffer from OCD either to realise they're not alone or have the courage to get help if they need it.

I recommend anyone to read this book, the way Hayley puts herself out there with every detail of her life is very brave and extremely well written by Veronica Clarke. Hayley is a remarkable lady and I wish her every happiness for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done hayley 22 July 2014
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Great read ' what a supporting husband hayley has-well done to hayley for never giving up the fight to o c d .An illness many can relate too in different ways maybe not as server but this book shows you how it could spiral out of control and get worse. An illness not very known to a lot of people ,so it's nice hayley has done this book and hopefully will make more people aware... well done hayley . Good read and wishing hayley and her family the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book by Veronica Clark 5 Aug 2014
By rednick
Format:Kindle Edition
Beautifully written book by Veronica Clark, capturing Hayley's story of her struggles with her compulsive disorder. The book begins with Hayley's memories as a child as she reflects on the early signs of her illness and how it later developed as she matured into adulthood. A very interesting read, thoroughly enjoyed this book and well highly recommend.
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