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Patient-Centered Guides

May 2000

Kids Who Are Obsessive-Compulsive Can Lead A Life of Misery

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a neurological illness and the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis in children. Many children diagnosed with OCD also turn out to have other brain-based disorders, particularly attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Psychiatrists sometimes categorize people who have certain common OCD behaviors as "counters", "cleaners", "checkers", and "hoarders".

SEBASTOPOL, CA --OCD is not to be dismissed as a minor problem or a personality quirk. An estimated 2.5 to 5 million people have OCD, often beginning in childhood. When OCD occurs in children or adolescents it can cause extreme anxiety and embarrassment. It can prevent children from building good relationships, doing well in school and having a normal childhood. The good news is that OCD is very treatable.

Having experienced OCD as both a patient and a parent Mitzi Waltz, author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents, provides parents and professionals with information on how to:

  • Secure an accurate and complete diagnosis and find available resources
  • Understand medical and therapy options
  • Use effective parenting techniques, build support systems, and handle difficult issues
  • Navigate the special education system
  • Get care with an existing health insurance plan
  • Explore therapeutic and other interventions, such as cognitive therapy, vitamins or supplements
Parents and family members of children diagnosed with OCD are faced with many challenges on a daily basis. This is the only book available for them to understand what OCD is, how it is treated, and how they can act as an advocate for their child.

About the Author

Mitzi Waltz has been an author, journalist, and editor for more than a decade, covering topics from computers to health care. She has experienced the effects of childhood-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder first hand, both as a patient and a parent of two children diagnosed with OCD. She is an advocate for children's neurological issues and offers advice and support to teens with OCD via an Internet chat list. Waltz is also the author of Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help (Patient-Centered Guides, 1999) and Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children & Adolescents (Patient-Centered Guides, 2000).

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents
by Mitzi Waltz
$24.95, 390 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1-56592-758-3
PUBLICATION DATE: May 2000

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