This man with severe OCD attempted suicide, but accidentally destroyed the source of his OCD!
It's always nice when a sad story has a happy ending.
In 1988, George was going through a rough time. Only 19 years old, he suffered from life-crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The disease worked its way into every aspect of George's life, causing him to take frequent showers and wash his hands hundreds of times a day, among other things. His compulsions eventually got so bad that he had to leave his job and drop out of school.
George's disease was ruining his life and, in a bout of depression, he told his mother that he would rather die than keep on living. So, in a real "mother of the year" moment, she told him to go and shoot himself.
And that's exactly what he did.
After shooting himself, George was rushed to the hospital. Surgeons pulled the bullet out, which landed in George's left frontal lobe, but could not remove all of its fragments.
However, as he recovered, the doctors discovered something strange. Following his suicide attempt, George had almost no more compulsions. It seemed that, instead of killing him, the bullet damaged the part of his brain responsible for his OCD.
With his illness gone, George returned to school and found a new job. Out of tragedy, he got a new lease on life, and he certainly used it well.