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The Thought That Counts: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands' Adolescent Mental Health Initiative)

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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.

About the Author

Jared Douglas Kant overcame great obstacles to graduate at the top of his college class in 2006. Today Jared works as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Unit. He speaks frequently about his experiences with OCD at conferences and academic institutions, and he contributes to Organized Chaos, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation's website for teens and young adults.

Martin Franklin, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Clinical Director, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.

Linda Wasmer Andrews is a freelance health and psychology writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the coauthor of If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents as well as the author or co-author of numerous other books, including Stress Control for Peach of Mind. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Self, Parenting, and Psychology Today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195316896
Author:
Kant, Jared Douglas
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
With:
Franklin, Martin
With:
Andrews, Linda Wasmer
Author:
Franklin, Martin
Author:
null, Linda Wasmer
Author:
Andrews, Linda Wasmer
Author:
Kant, Jared
Author:
null, Jared
Author:
Martin Franklin, Ph.D.
Author:
Franklin, Ph.D., Martin
Author:
null, Martin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychiatry - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry and Psychology
Subject:
Psychiatry
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Psychopathology - Compulsive Behavior
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Kant, Jared Douglas - Health
Subject:
Obsessive-compulsiv
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry & Psychology
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Series:
Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands' Adolescent Mental Health Initiative
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.2 x 0.5 in 0.5 lb

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