James Bailey's form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was as bizarre as it was unbearable. He was obsessed by a fear of drugs and their effects, believing himself to be in constant danger of becoming insanely high through people spiking his food, or even by just touching a photograph of a marijuana leaf. The treatment programme he went through at a specialist American clinic was challenging, to say the least. He was asked to shake hands and mingle with the local junkies, fighting his anxieties and the urge to go and wash for as long as possible in order to 'expose' himself to his fears. It is a testimony to Bailey's indomitable spirit that he is now able to see the absurdity of many of the bizarre situations in which he found himself. He invites us to share the joke with him as he harasses fast-food waitresses over whether they've put any drugs in his food and chases joggers down the street to ask them if they think there's something strange about the way he is running. It is this quirky sense of humour combined with his strength of character that helped him to recover and go out to face the world again.
First published 2006.
"A very funny, profound, soul-searching account of James's emotional journey . . . the story sits somewhere between "The Catcher in the Rye" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,"" --"Bizarre"
James Bailey was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. After pursuing an acting career in the early '80s, he discovered that writing was another way to express his pent-up anger and creativity. He was content to leave Hollywood but soon after was struck with a crippling form of OCD. Now recovered, he lives in Louisiana, where he continues to write and act.