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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder strikes one in fifty adults. However, the disorder often remains untreated in young adults, despite advances in diagnostics. Though so many people suffer from OCD, very few seek professional help. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide helps teens understand OCD in greater detail. The guide explains different forms of OCD (checking, cleaning, scrupulosity) and related disorders (such as Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, ...

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Overview

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder strikes one in fifty adults. However, the disorder often remains untreated in young adults, despite advances in diagnostics. Though so many people suffer from OCD, very few seek professional help. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide helps teens understand OCD in greater detail. The guide explains different forms of OCD (checking, cleaning, scrupulosity) and related disorders (such as Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and Asperger's Disorder).

Author Natalie Rompella voices many common concerns teens have when confronted with OCD, including how to deal with school, work, and friends. The book also discusses uncomfortable topics, such as obsessions with sexuality and other unwanted thoughts. The book features insights from teens who suffer from OCD, letting others know they are not alone. The book also encourages teens to seek help through treatment and provides details of different treatment options.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
This series covers information on illnesses and social issues from the first-person perspective. Using personal stories, sidebars, quotes, question and answer, and information from professionals, the authors give a basic definition, treatment options, and where to go for help with these illnesses and issues. The personal perspective is especially helpful for teens who may feel they are the only one dealing with an issue. In Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Rompella shares a bit of her personal story, reassuring the reader that OCD can be treated and managed. She explains how the brain works and the effects of OCD. Advice on how to cope with school, work, and friends is shared. In Juvenile Arthritis, Rouba gives advice on living with the disease, including treatment options, diet and exercise tips, and managing mental and physical health. A chapter on adapting your life gives methods and programs that help the disabled live as normal a life as possible. All of the books have extensive notes, suggested reading throughout, Web sites to visit, and checklists for dealing with the illness or issue. These books are readable overviews that include helpful resources for finding more information. They have a reassuring tone for those dealing with the problem and are also useful for those working on assignments. Some of the other titles in the series include The Military and Teens, Self-Advocacy, Gender Identity, and Cystic Fibrosis. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810857780
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Series: It Happened to Me Series , #25
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,404,556
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie Rompella is an elementary school teacher and a freelance writer. She is the author of many books and hands-on science curricula for grades K through 8.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 1

2 Types of OCD 19

3 How Do You Get OCD? 33

4 What Is Going On in My Brain? 39

5 Other Mental Disorders 47

6 Effects of OCD on School and Work 51

7 Effects of OCD at Home and with Friends 67

8 Getting Help from Mental Health Professionals 79

9 Getting Help through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 89

10 Getting Help by Using Medication 105

11 Other Treatments 111

12 Related Disorders 123

13 Support Groups 145

14 Conclusion 151

Appendix A Great Sources 157

Appendix B Mental Disorders Related to OCD 163

Glossary 165

Index 171

About the Author 177

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