"Family members searching for information about
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)-and about the difficult
behaviors that often accompany it and disrupt family life-will
welcome this volume. Author Mitzi Waltz, an advocate for children
with disabilities, has two children with OCD and thus has
firsthand experience with the disorder.
"In Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Waltz debunks the myth that OCD
is rare. In fact, it is thought to be the fourth most common
psychiatric diagnosis. Research indicates that OCD is a brain
disorder rather than a result of rigid toilet training or
"Waltz explains that OCD usually responds to treatment with
medication and cognitive therapy. She is quite upbeat about
treatment, although some readers may find her tone too
enthusiastic, because locating a cognitive therapist who works
with OCD in children in a managed-care and state funded
environment can present formidable difficulties.
"The book covers diagnosis, living with OCD, therapeutic
interventions, medical and alternative medicine interventions,
insurance issues, and school transition problems. It is published
in eight countries and thus includes information about Canada,
the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. While some readers
will appreciate this, others may be irritated by the author's
"Waltz has also written another excellent book, Bipolar Disorders:
A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents."