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As many as six million Americans may suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), making it one of the most common mental diseases. Osborn had a bout with it while in medical training, and he narrates the unfolding understanding of the disease and its treatment informatively and readably. In medieval times, many felt that the disorder had a religious basis. Later, puritanism imputed it to sinning, and psychoanalysis "proved" that it had deep psychological roots. Osborn shows that OCD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and that behavior therapy and drugs, preferably together, can take care of it for most patients; Osborn personalizes this part of the discussion with case histories of individuals rather than stick-figure textbook abstractions. He also mentions new research, such as that which finds a possible link between OCD and childhood streptococcal infections; brain injury and stress may also play causative roles. He concludes with a long list of OCD support groups and other helpful information. William Beatty --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A truly wonderful, compassionate book."
--James W. Broatch, executive director, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
"A splendid book on OCD--lively, lucid, informative, and scholarly."
--Ronald Pies, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine
"A marvelous achievement--an excellent and very practical overview of OCD and its treatment."
--Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., associate professor, UCLA School of Medicine
This book is fabulously informative and written in such a kind manner, you'd want the author for your own therapist. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003
This book is great for history and sharing insights, but to imply in any way shape or form that talk therapy has no place in treating OCD is absurd!!! Read morePublished on March 5 2003
This is probably the best book on the subject. It tells you everything you wanted to know about OCD and related issues, including some rarely-discussed topics (e.g. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002 by eugene
Very good book for OCDers. In my opinion, there are only 2 valuable books available on the market today for OCDers. One is titled "STOP OBSESSING!", the other... Read morePublished on April 23 2002
I recommend this book to those who are plagued with symptoms of OCD or who have family members with OCD. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001
I have read several book on OCD that dealt mainly with checking rituals. However, I've suffered from obsessive thoughts all my life. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2000
This book is as close to a personal appointment with the best psychiatrist that one could have. It is a wonderful support resource for anyone already making the journey toward... Read morePublished on March 3 2000 by corneille
I have been in talk therapy for many years (with different therapists) and I've always wondered why I didn't feel 'normal'. Read morePublished on Dec 4 1999 by lovestoread