Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Shirley Brinkerhoff


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A century ago, people with symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were sometimes institutionalized of life or treated with frightening operations such as frontal lobotomies. In the twentieth century, psychoanalysis and other types of therapies began to offer more treatment options. In this book, you will read about: Lauren, a high school student whose OCD robbed her of friends, her social life, job, and future, leaving her too ashamed to reach out for help. Jacob, an eight-year-old who suffered a head injury and awoke from his coma with an all-consuming need to do everything seven times. Sal, a dependable, well-balanced husband and father whose sudden compulsion to bring home paper and trash changed his entire life. Laura, whose undiagnosed OCD led her to be placed in a school for children with intellectual disabilities. Emma, whose frightening thoughts about hurting her baby sister drove her to pray for hours every day and to go to confession many times a week. Annaliese, a nurse who was accidentally poked by a patient's needle a decade ago and has remained convinced ever since that she has AIDS. Through these stories and the factual material accompanying them, you will learn about the huge ramifications OCD has on individuals' lives as well as the types of treatments available to help. With the discovery of psychiatric drugs, doctors now have more ways than ever to treat, and in some cases altogether relieve, the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder explains how psychiatric drugs and other forms of therapy are making a difference in the lives of many people with symptoms of OCD.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422228302
Publisher: Mason Crest, an Imprint of National Highlight
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Series: State of Mental Illness and Its Therapy Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Foreword 9

1 Defining the Disorder 11

2 History of the Drugs 35

3 How Does the Drug Work? 45

4 Treatment Description 65

5 Case Studies 87

6 Risks and Side Effects 107

7 Alternative and Supplementary Treatments 115

Further Reading 125

For More Information 126

Index 127

About the Author & Consultants 128

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