In 1988 in Los Angeles a report came out of a young mentally ill man who tried to commit suicide. Apparently, he was even convinced to commit suicide by his mother, due to his extreme phobia of germs and an obsession for handwashing.
Now the .22 caliber bullet that he shot into his brain actually destroyed the whole part of his brain that was causing all his obsessive and compulsive behavior. After a doctor examination, they even confirmed that no other part of his brain had been damaged by the gunshot wound.
Victims of this disorder tend to have an inexplicable urge to keep repeating activities over and over again, to a point that disables them from enjoying life. For example, this man, who is simply identified as George, had to drop out of school and quit his job. All because he was washing his hand’s hundreds of times a day and also needed to take frequent showers. So despite being a grade-A student he had to drop out of school.
George was being treated by a psychiatrist Leslie Solyom at Shaughnessy Hospital in British Columbia, but despite the continued support and treatment, positive progress on resolving the behavior or being able to live with it was not happening. George was extremely depressed and confided in his mother that he would rather die. Unfortunately, instead of giving him support his mother simply told him: “So look George, if your life is so wretched, just go and shoot yourself.”
This prompted him to go down into the basement and put a rifle in his mouth. Then the miracle happened, despite blowing up his frontal lobe, George did not die. And after several surgeries to remove the fragments of bullet in his brain, it appeared that all his symptoms had disappeared completely. George then recovered and went back to school, graduated and held down a job perfectly fine.
Some of his doctors summed up his unsuccessful suicide attempt as a radical surgery that worked.