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Children's LiteratureWashing one's hands over and over for hours, counting numbers repeatedly a certain way, checking and rechecking things like homework, and brushing one's hair an exact number of times each time are all examples of obsessions and rituals of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This educational book has a different approach as readers are included in the world of "Amanda" with each chapter to see how she discovered that she had OCD and how she received treatment. The reader gets a "taste" of what it may be like to have OCD and what that person thinks. Explore all the characteristics of this disorder chapter by chapter as the causes are defined as well as the treatments. Interestingly, OCD is not treated with drugs alone, but can also be treated with behavioral procedures. This informative book explains all the aspects of this disorder so it is easily understood. Also included in the book are other case studies, photographs, charts, and a list of web sites to help the reader understand the information better. This wonderfully written book is part of the "Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body" series. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Cathi I. White