Med Head: My Knock-down, Drag-out, Drugged-up Battle with My Brain

Med Head: My Knock-down, Drag-out, Drugged-up Battle with My Brain

by James Patterson, Hal Friedman

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Discover the story of one teenager's struggles with OCD and Tourette's Syndrome-and how he was able to overcome extraordinary setbacks.
Cory Friedman knows how it feels to have a body that won't stop moving, to be really different from everyone else, to be made fun of every day, to be totally reckless, to never relax, to be shut out of everything, to break free and take control.
James Patterson's Against Medical Advice riveted adults with the page-turning drama of one teenager's courage, sacrifice, and triumph in confronting an agonizing medical condition. Now this deeply personal account of Cory Friedman's intense struggles with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-as well as depression, anxiety, and alcohol addiction-is available for teen readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316084987
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 378,858
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 375 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Med Head

My Knock-down, Drag-out, Drugged-up Battle with My Brain
By Patterson, James

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316076173

A Father’s Prologue

THE EVENTS RECOUNTED HERE took place over what seemed like—to those of us who lived it—an endless thirteen-year period covering Cory’s life from age five to age seventeen. We decided, with Cory’s blessing, to tell his story in his own voice, because this conveys most powerfully what it was like for Cory to live through these experiences.

Some names and other identifying details of friends, doctors, and medical institutions have been changed.

The extremely unusual events portrayed in this story have been reconstructed from Cory’s own accounts, from detailed medical diaries that were kept by his mother throughout the period, and from direct family observations. Cory confirms that this narrative presents an accurate portrait of his life story.

Over the four years it took to write this book, I was continuously tormented by the decision of whether or not to make the most intimate details of Cory’s life public. Finally, I went to Cory for the guidance I needed, and he resolved the issue in a single sentence, without hesitation:

“If it will help other people like me, yes.”

Hal Friedman



At the Edge of Madness

Chapter 1

I’M SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD and lying like a pathetic, helpless lump in the backseat of our family car, being transported to a place that treats crazy people.

This is an exceptional event, even for me. I know that my brain causes unusual problems that no one has been able to treat, but being insane isn’t one of them.

How and why I’ve gotten to this point is complicated, but the main reason I’m here is more immediate. I’ve finally found the one thing that brings me peace—alcohol.

Now this self-medication has become a life-threatening danger that I cannot fix by myself. The doctors at the place I’m going to promise they can help me. I’ve heard that one before.

After about an hour, we arrive at a large brick building with a sign that reads DRESSLER PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL. In a split second the reality of what’s happening becomes very real and very scary.

“Why does it say that?” I call from the backseat, my heart suddenly pounding.

“Don’t worry about the sign,” my mother says to calm my rising panic. “They treat all different kinds of problems here, Cory.”

Dad looks as worried as I am but says softly, “Let’s not deal with this now, okay?”

Not deal with going to a hospital for psychos? Sure, no problem. What can my father be thinking?

Inside the main entrance, I enter a very crowded, somewhat noisy waiting room. Being on view always makes me uneasy, so as soon as I start to walk, my feet need to perform a triple hop, three quick steps only inches apart, which throws me off balance.

I have to do this in order to satisfy a tension that is building up in my legs and can’t be released any other way. Sometimes this trips me up so much that I go flying to the ground.

I do the triple hop a few more times before reaching out for the safety of one of the empty waiting-room chairs.

Welcome to my fun house, folks.


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Med Head 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Cynthia Rivera More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year when my teacher said that it was an amazing book...SHE WAS RIGHT! Oh my god this book made me cry it was just unbelieveable! And when I figured out it was a true story I cried even MORE. I think eveyone should read this book. To see how greatful we are. That we don't have tourettes. I especially think people who know someone with tourettes should read this book. FIVE AMAZING STARS
Ethan Perez More than 1 year ago
Please buy it is life changing i read it 9 times no lie idk if it shows but the real book has coreys pics FIVE FRIGGIN STARS PEOPLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book into understanding on what happens when drs, schools, and those around a person who don't seem to understand that medicating amdover medicating isn't always the anwer.
timbercreek12 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe a real person went through this pain This book is is inspiring. I mean, I love its hope. But it's so sad, I mean I couldn't survive one day, , compared to 12 years. This book carries sorrow, as well as hope, and I feel guilty that millions of people are living through this. I kinda know what it feels like to not be in control of my own body i have ADD and ADHD; and i felt as if this book was a second chance for me. This book changed me.
Chrissy_barker More than 1 year ago
Great book for people who also like Ellen Hopkins. She also writes the introduction for this book. It is so real, the book really drags you into corys struggle.
Ricky44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the novel med head cory struggles with a disorder and going with so much medicine in one day in the beginning he says hes a alcholic, 40/301
DsSc0318 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i liked tyis book because it was very interesting and is a true sotry. it is about a boy with terets and ocd and his battle with it
lindamamak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Must read for anyone who works with kids with special needs. Insight in the mind of a young man as he deals with all the medication Dr. tell him will make him survive in the day to day of life and school.
ricky1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
in the begginning of the book cory struggles with having a drug addiction. In the middle of the book he tells why he started to the end of the book he solves all of his problems.346/s46 pages read
dianemb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of one young man's horrific experience with Tourette's Syndrome and OCD. It tells how it made his childhood and adolescence into a nightmare. He tried countless treatments, but nothing worked and many made him worse. It really opened my eyes to the realities of Tourette's. It ended on a positive note however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was in my school libary and just picked it up and started to read it. I loved it so much i want to get it on here
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I read this book for a school project and loved it. And normal teenagers think they have a hard life...
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