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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) Paperback – March 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195316896 ISBN-10: 0195316894 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands' Adolescent Mental Health Initiative
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195316894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195316896
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects an estimated 2.2 million Americans, and in this introduction to the illness, written for older teenagers and young adults, Kant provides a personal account of his OCD experience. He relates how even the most mundane activities may be permeated by depression and terror, recalling for instance how changing for gym class in school was fraught with anxiety. Kant shows how patience, perseverance, empathetic parents and friends, and, especially, good treatment-medication and a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy known as Exposure and Response Prevention-helped him flourish as a college student. He is aided, particularly in providing more in-depth clinical information, by Franklin (clinical director, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety) and freelance health and psychology writer Andrews (co-author, If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder). The authors address a host of practical questions, including educating others about OCD, how those experiencing OCD can divert themselves from the disorder (through regular exercise, among other strategies), and adjusting to life in college. In the sometimes jargon-ridden mental health world, it's refreshing to see a book that is so succinct, straightforward, reasonably priced and helpful.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—Part memoir, part educational self-help tool, this book lives up to the double entendre embodied in the title. Kant tells of his life as an uptight junior high student who found that his obsessions were beyond the realm of the ordinary and placed him in the approximately one percent of the population with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Blessed with loving, affluent parents, he was sent to the best doctors, therapists, and even a boarding school where he received the support and therapy he needed. Each chapter chronicles a new stage in his life from acknowledging to accepting his disorder. He recounts his struggles as well as his triumphs, making it clear that there is no easy fix for OCD, but also emphasizing that it does not have to control one's life. Written in conjunction with a medical professional, the second half of each chapter gives practical information on definitions, treatments, and tips for living comfortably with this disorder. Although still in his early 20s, Kant has learned to identify his own strengths and weaknesses and adjust his approach to life to make the most of his individual gifts. This book would be helpful for those who are diagnosed with OCD at a young age. The personal voice is strong; Kant tells his story with humor and in a self-deprecating style.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rgzig on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jared Kant's powerful, candid account of growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is riveting, sometimes heartbreaking, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Adolescents struggling with OCD will find compassion and encouragement here, as well as practical, accurate information about how to get better with the right kind of treatment. An excellent book for teachers, parents, professionals - for anyone who wants to understand this potentially devastating but treatable neurobiological disorder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Adams on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jared Kant courageously tells his own story of life with severe OCD, including his experiences of hospitalization, therapeutic boarding school, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Since Kant has experienced many different symptoms of OCD, just about anyone with the disorder will be able to find much to relate to, while also gaining insight into what others face. With co-author Martin Franklin, he then steps back and offers "the big picture" of how OCD and related conditions affect young people in diverse ways. The latest information on the causes and treatment of OCD are explained in simple language, and there are many resources listed. This is the first OCD book I've read that has also addressed the issues of managing OCD symptoms and getting appropriate accomodations while in school. The author is obviously a seasoned warrior in the long battle against OCD, and a great inspiration.
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this book is exactly what the tittle says and can help any adolescent comprehend what feels incomprehensible...families, schools and caregivers as well.
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Excellent book for teenagers suffering with OCD and their parents. Great guidelines on how to deal with OCD and how to get help. Highly recommend!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BemisReviewsBooks on November 29, 2013
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A somewhat helpful account from a teen perspective into life with moderate to severe OCD. The author who has worked as a Research Assistant in an OCD hospital clinic co-authored this book along with two other professionals offers a personal story woven with information on treatment modalities and tips for managing this disorder.

Young people suffering from this disorder should get something useful from this account which is primarily geared toward teens. The author acknowledges that he is obviously from a wealthy and privileged background. His parents were financially fortunate enough to afford him a hospital stay at one of his lowest points as well as able to send him to an expensive boarding school with a therapy component built right into the curriculum. At one point Kant had three credentialed therapists all conferring together on his treatment, something he recommends as beneficial to his progress. The only nod he makes to those not so fortunate or even remotely close comes on pages 95-96 where he briefly mentions government aid and a place to search for eligible clinical trials.

The tips he offers are relatively obvious. The greatest take away may just be the FAQ at the back of the book.
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