Approximately one million children and adolescents in the US suffer from OCD. Research shows that one-third to one-half of OCD cases begin during childhood. This is the only workbook for parents of children with OCD that offers effective treatment methods that work in everyday situations. Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder may need to engage in ritualistic behavior such as counting, checking, washing, hoarding, as a part of their daily routine. Left untreated, this problem can lead to debilitating stress and embarrassment during their school years and a lifetime of struggle with anxiety.
This book is a personalized guide you, the parent of a child with OCD, can use to understand the causes of the disorder and explore available treatments. Find out which techniques are most effective at controlling symptoms. This engaging workbook is full of assessments, fill-ins, and progress charts that encourage you to get involved and stay committed to your child's recovery.
Lee Fitzgibbons, Ph.D., former director of the Children's Program at the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA, specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with OCD.
Cherry Pedrick, R.N., is a registered nurse and freelance writer. In 1994 she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which began an intensive search for knowledge, effective treatment, and management of OCD. She has coauthored many books for people share her condition.