Thought That Counts A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

ISBN-10: 0195316894

ISBN-13: 9780195316896

Edition: 2008

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Description: For the more than 2 million Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the intrusive thoughts and uncontrollable behaviors can take a harsh toll, as author Jared Douglas Kant knows all too well. Diagnosed with OCD at age 11, Jared became ruled by dread of deadly germs and diseases, the unrelenting need to count and check things, and a persistent, nagging doubt that overshadowed his life. In The Thought that Counts, Jared shares his deeply personal account of trial, tribulation, and ultimately triumph. Using anecdotes, narratives and sidebars, this book adds a human face to a complex disorder. Jared's funny, often touching, sometimes harrowing tale makes for compelling reading. Yet his memoir is only half the story. With the help of psychologist Martin Franklin, Ph.D., and veteran science writer Linda Wasmer Andrews, Jared paints the big picture for other teens with OCD. Drawing on the latest scientific and medical evidence, he explains how to recognize warning signs, where to find help, and what treatments have proved effective. Jared also offers practical suggestions on managing the symptoms of OCD at home, at school, and in relationships with family and friends. The result is both an absorbing memoir and a useful guide that will help to ease the isolation caused by OCD, assuring anyone recently diagnosed with the disease that, with commitment and hard work, they can overcome this illness. Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, this volume offers hope to young people who are struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, helping them to overcome the challenges of this illness and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.

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Book details

List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D., is the predominant national figure in research with cognitive behavioral interventions for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Foa is professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, & Director of the Center for the Treatment & Study of Anxiety.

Foreword
Preface
On Second (and Third and Fourth) Thought: Obsessions and Compulsions
My Story
Diseases, Physical and Mental
Disasters Waiting to Happen
Less-Than-Happy Camper
Invasion of the Mind Snatchers
The Big Picture
So What Exactly Is OCD?
What Forms Can the Disorder Take?
How Common Is OCD?
What Causes the Disorder?
What's the Least I Need to Know?
Slippery Slope to the Hospital: Diagnosis and Hospitalization
My Story
Darkness Falls Early
The World Gets Scarier
Toxic Fears and Poisonous Thoughts
Desperate and Despairing
Inside a Psych Ward
The Big Picture
What Are the Warning Signs?
Where Can I Turn for Help?
How Is a Diagnosis of OCD Made?
What Kinds of Treatment Really Work?
When Is Hospitalization Helpful?
What's the Least I Need to Know?
Adventures in Daily Living: OCD at Home and School
My Story
Locker Room Meltdown
Just Following Orders
Retracing My Steps
Paying Scrupulous Attention
Sorry for Everything
The Big Picture
How Does OCD AFfect Life at Home?
How Does OCD Affect Life at School?
What Steps Help Manage OCD at School?
What Should You Tell Friends about OCD?
What's the Least I Need to Know?
Reaching for a Lifeline: Psychotherapy and Medication
My Story
Off to Boarding School
Hitting the Panic Button
Winning by Surrender
Cognitive-Behavioral Help
Looking East for Inspiration
The Big Picture
What Form of CBT Is Most Effective?
What Types of Medication Are Helpful?
How Can I Pay for Treatment?
Which Self-Help Strategies Are Useful?
What's the Least I Need to Know?
Rituals, Routines, and Recovery: Living With OCD
My Story
Staring Down OCD
Life Beyond High School
Hoarding 101
Cleaning Up My Act
The Big Picture
How Does Substance Abuse Affect OCD?
How Are Tic Disorders Related to OCD?
What Are Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders?
Which Other Disorders Are Related to OCD?
What's the Outlook for My Future?
What's the Least I Need to Know?
Where I Was Is Not Where I Am
Romancing the Illness
Does That Sound Rational?
The One-Shower Rule
Sweet Stink of Success
Tooling Up for the Future
Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary
Resources
Bibliography
Index
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