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From Thoughts to Obsessions: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children a

nd Adolescents
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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is the term given to a condition characterized by recurring obsessive thoughts or actions. These thoughts or actions are involuntary and are often a response to a deep-rooted fear. This introductory book, richly illustrated with case examples, explains the nature and treatment of OCD in children and adolescents. OCD has been little discussed in relation to this age group, although it is now believed that approximately 1 per cent of all children and adolescents suffers from serious obsessive disorders. Written for parents and relatives as well as doctors, teachers and other professionals working with this group of patients, From Thoughts to Obsessions defines OCD and forms a straightforward explanation of the symptoms, assessment procedures and treatment strategies. Per Hove Thomsen also examines obsessive features which may form part of normal adolescent development as well as the relationship of OCD to other psychiatric conditions.
Definition of OCD; background to the condition; the clinical picture; how widespread is OCD; cultural aspects of OCD; obsessive compulsive features in normal development; the course of OCD; OCD in relation to other mental disorders; the treatment of OCD; the aetiology of OCD; how to find out if a child has OCD.
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