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Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Hyman, Bruce M.
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Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2003]

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96 pages ; 24 cm.
Examines the anxiety disorder known as OCD, its symptoms and manifestations, how it can be controlled and treated, and, through case studies, what it is like to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
What is OCD? -- The symptoms of OCD -- Treatment of OCD -- The impact on family and friends -- Living with OCD.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.1 3.0 104422.
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RC533 .H948 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For most people, cleaning, worrying, and collecting are just optional activities that aren't given much thought. Sometimes overdoing it a little is bothersome to ourselves or others, but no big deal. For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, these behaviors seriously interfere with daily living and can cause great distress. Long ago, most mental health professionals thought obsessive-compulsive disorder was untreatable. But thanks to decades of research into the disorder, there is now hope and help for people struggling with OCD. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D., LCSW, is in private practice in Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and director of the OCD Resource Center of South Florida

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-10. Offering the surprising statistic that "one out of every forty people has OCD," this book presents both insights and information. The discussion begins with descriptions of eight teenagers who have obsessive-compulsive disorder and uses their experiences as a way of discussing thoughts and behaviors that could be symptoms. The text returns to these teens at intervals throughout the book, and though some readers might prefer a more straightforward discussion, others will find that reading about individuals personalizes the information in a helpful way. There are no source notes, but the book concludes with a glossary and lists of relevant organizations and Internet sites. With little else written specifically for young adults on this topic--which has risen to prominence recently in the popular media--this will be useful to report writers as well as to those concerned about their own anxieties. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Hyman and Pedrick explain this anxiety disorder primarily through case-study anecdotes of young people who live with it. Through their stories-and it is not entirely clear whether these are real individuals or examples-readers can see reflections of some of their own tendencies and perhaps get help before these tendencies turn into compulsions. The first of five chapters describe the condition and its range of severity by relating the onset and possible causes in the lives of the teens profiled. Following chapters highlight specific symptoms, forms of treatment, the impact on friends and family, and how people live with and manage this disorder. Twenty pages of helpful back matter include an extensive glossary and lots of recommended resources.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 What is OCD?p. 17
Chapter 2 The Symptoms of OCDp. 26
Chapter 3 Treatment of OCDp. 38
Chapter 4 The Impact on Family and Friendsp. 53
Chapter 5 Living with OCDp. 66
Glossaryp. 77
Resourcesp. 81
Further Readingp. 85
Bibliographyp. 89
Indexp. 91