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From Thoughts to Obsessions: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Per Hove Thomsen

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By Per Hove Thomsen

Obsessive compulsive disease (OCD) is the time period given to a characterised by way of ordinary obsessive options or activities. those suggestions or activities are involuntary and are usually a reaction to a deep-rooted worry. This introductory ebook, richly illustrated with case examples, explains the character and remedy of OCD in kids and kids. OCD has been little mentioned when it comes to this age crew, even though it is now believed that nearly 1 according to cent of all young ones and youngsters suffers from critical obsessive issues. Written for folks and kin in addition to medical professionals, academics and different pros operating with this team of sufferers, From techniques to Obsessions defines OCD and varieties a simple clarification of the indications, overview approaches and remedy ideas. in line with Hove Thomsen additionally examines obsessive positive factors that may shape a part of basic adolescent improvement in addition to the connection of OCD to different psychiatric stipulations.

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It is easy to picture many milder forms of OCD in children who have not been referred for treatment and in those who have a better prognosis than described here. In their extensive study of approximately 5000 high-school students in the USA, Flament et al. (1988, 1990) found that 14 adolescents suffering from sub-clinical obsessive symptoms (not severe enough to warrant an OCD diagnosis) during the study, had either mildly obsessive symptoms two years later, or none at all. In other words, they found examples of mild obsessive symptoms, which continued in milder form, or even disappeared altogether following treatment, among adolescents who were not diagnosed as having OCD symptoms.

3 per cent of the population appears to suffer from it. As yet it is still not clear as to which cultural factors influence OCD frequency within individual countries. Page 41 Upon studying the substance of obsessive symptoms in various countries, there appear to be no significant differences. 1 illustrates the findings from these various countries. 1 The substance of obsessive symptoms in OCD patients from different countries * Adult OCD patients only On the surface, it would appear that religious substance to obsessive thought is more common in Muslim countries (amongst adult patients, at least) while thoughts concerning dirt and infection are less common.

Most parents have experienced their child demanding that the same book be read to him each evening (the same chapter and the same pages), even though there are several different and more interesting books on the bookshelf. Some parents can even relate to how their three or four-year-olds have their own private rituals each night. For example, they place their teddies or dolls in a specific way, or climb into bed in a certain way. Thus, many habits and rituals constitute a significant part of a child's normal entertainment.

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