The Thought That Counts

The Thought That Counts : A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

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In this book for young people who have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Jared Kant discusses his own experiences with the illness, and the disruption and distress that it brought to his life as an adolescent. Combining this personal story with a candid and easy-to-understand description of the science behind OCD, Kant (now an adult who healthily and successfully manages his illness) also provides the facts that young people diagnosed with OCD need, such as how to find professional help, what types of therapies are available for this disorder, and how to deal with stressful situations at home and at school.show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 144 x 212 x 22mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195316886
  • 9780195316889

About Jared Douglas Kant

help...These resources add to the educative function of the book.... Reading the book will certainly inform and answer questions. I suspect, however, that Kant's purpose is to inspire young people who are confused about their condition and want to find a better life. He does just that in a book filled with courage, optimism, and hope."--James K. Luiselli, Ed. D. ABPP, BCPA, the May Institute. - k yes Foundation's website for teens and young adults. Martin Franklin is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, & Clinical Director, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Linda Wasmer Andrews is a freelance health and psychology writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the coauthor of If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents as well as the author and co-author of numerous other books, including Stress Control for Peace of Mind. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Self, Parenting, and Psychology Today.show more

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"As inspiring as it is instructive, Jared Kant's unflinching account of his battles with teen OCD should be required reading for anyone whose life has been touched by the disorder. Through both its candor and its scope, this book has the potential to change countless lives."--Jeff Bell, author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder"What a remarkable book! Jared Kant and his co-authors have produced a revealing, first-hand look at OCD that manages to be brutally honest, yet at the same time tremendously supportive and reassuring. I admire Jared's bravery and his willingness to let the world see his descent into this terrible illness as well as his eventual recovery. Young people with OCD will find the insights in this book to be informative, frightening, humorous, and hopeful--sometimes all at once. If you are a teenager or young adult with OCD, this book is a "must-read."--David F. Tolin, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, The Institute of Living; Adjunct Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and author of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding"The Thought That Counts is The Catcher in the Rye for adolescents and young adults with OCD. It tells the reader's story as well as the author's. After reading this book, the OCD sufferer is no longer alone and has information about ways to manage his or her OCD."--Patricia B. Perkins, J.D., former Executive Director of the OC Foundation"Finally, an articulate and intelligent OCD book for teens that tells it as only someone who has been there and back can tell it. It is a much-needed addition that fills a gap in the ever-growing body of OCD resources for those who suffer from this life-disrupting problem. It is a practical combination of a well-written narrative of one young person's struggle to find himself and establish a meaningful life in the face of a serious mental illness, together with accurate and professionally guided information."--Fred Penzel, Ph.D., author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well"As inspiring as it is instructive, Jared Kant's unflinching account of his battles with teen OCD should be required reading for anyone whose life has been touched by the disorder. Through both its candor and its scope, this book has the potential to change countless lives."--Jeff Bell, author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder"What a remarkable book! Jared Kant and his co-authors have produced a revealing, first-hand look at OCD that manages to be brutally honest, yet at the same time tremendously supportive and reassuring. I admire Jared's bravery and his willingness to let the world see his descent into this terrible illness as well as his eventual recovery. Young people with OCD will find the insights in this book to be informative, frightening, humorous, and hopeful--sometimes all at once. If you are a teenager or young adult with OCD, this book is a "must-read."--David F. Tolin, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, The Institute of Living; Adjunct Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and author of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding"The Thought That Counts is The Catcher in the Rye for adolescents and young adults with OCD. It tells the reader's story as well as the author's. After reading this book, the OCD sufferer is no longer alone and has information about ways to manage his or her OCD."--Patricia B. Perkins, J.D., former Executive Director of the OC Foundation"Finally, an articulate and intelligent OCD book for teens that tells it as only someone who has been there and back can tell it. It is a much-needed addition that fills a gap in the ever-growing body of OCD resources for those who suffer from this life-disrupting problem. It is a practical combination of a well-written narrative of one young person's struggle to find himself and establish a meaningful life in the face of a serious mental illness, together with accurate and professionally guided information."--Fred Penzel, Ph.D., author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well"Part memoir, part educational self-help tool, this book lives up to the double entendre embodied in the title... . 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."--School Library Journal "As inspiring as it is instructive, Jared Kant's unflinching account of his battles with teen OCD should be required reading for anyone whose life has been touched by the disorder. Through both its candor and its scope, this book has the potential to change countless lives."--Jeff Bell, author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder "What a remarkable book! Jared Kant and his co-authors have produced a revealing, first-hand look at OCD that manages to be brutally honest, yet at the same time tremendously supportive and reassuring. I admire Jared's bravery and his willingness to let the world see his descent into this terrible illness as well as his eventual recovery. Young people with OCD will find the insights in this book to be informative, frightening, humorous, and hopeful--sometimes all at once. If you are a teenager or young adult with OCD, this book is a "must-read."--David F. Tolin, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, The Institute of Living; Adjunct Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and author of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding "The Thought That Counts is The Catcher in the Rye for adolescents and young adults with OCD. It tells the reader's story as well as the author's. After reading this book, the OCD sufferer is no longer alone and has information about ways to manage his or her OCD."--Patricia B. Perkins, J.D., former Executive Director of the OC Foundation "Finally, an articulate and intelligent OCD book for teens that tells it as only someone who has been there and back can tell it. It is a much-needed addition that fills a gap in the ever-growing body ofOCD resources for those who suffer from this life-disrupting problem. It is a practical combination of a well-written narrative of one young person's struggle to find himself and establish a meaningful life in the face of a serious mental illness, together with accurate and professionally guided information."--Fred Penzel, Ph.D., author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well "As inspiring as it is instructive, Jared Kant's unflinching account of his battles with teen OCD should be required reading for anyone whose life has been touched by the disorder. Through both its candor and its scope, this book has the potential to change countless lives."--Jeff Bell, author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder "What a remarkable book! Jared Kant and his co-authors have produced a revealing, first-hand look at OCD that manages to be brutally honest, yet at the same time tremendously supportive and reassuring. I admire Jared's bravery and his willingness to let the world see his descent into this terrible illness as well as his eventual recovery. Young people with OCD will find the insights in this book to be informative, frightening, humorous, and hopeful--sometimes all at once. If you are a teenager or young adult with OCD, this book is a "must-read."--David F. Tolin, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, The Institute of Living; Adjunct Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and author of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding "The Thought That Counts is The Catcher in the Rye for adolescents and young adults with OCD. It tells the reader's story aswell as the author's. After reading this book, the OCD sufferer is no longer alone and has information about ways to manage his or her OCD."--Patricia B. Perkins, J.D., former Executive Director of the OC Foundation "Finally, an articulate and intelligent OCD book for teens that tells it as only someone who has been there and back can tell it. It is a much-needed addition that fills a gap in the ever-growing body of OCD resources for those who suffer from this life-disrupting problem. It is a practical combination of a well-written narrative of one young person's struggle to find himself and establish a meaningful life in the face of a serious mental illness, together with accurate and professionally guided information."--Fred Penzel, Ph.D., author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well "Part memoir, part educational self-help tool, this book lives up to the double entendre embodied in the title... . 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."--School Library Journal "As inspiring as it is instructive, Jared Kant's unflinching account of his battles with teen OCD should be required reading for anyone whose life has been touched by the disorder. Through both its candor and its scope, this book has the potential to change countless lives."--Jeff Bell, author ofRewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder"What a remarkable book! Jared Kant and his co-authors have produced a revealing, first-hand look at OCD that manages to be brutally honest, yet at the same time tremendously supportive and reassuring. I admire Jared's bravery and his willingness to let the world see his descent into this terribleillness as well as his eventual recovery. Young people with OCD will find the insights in this book to be informative, frightening, humorous, and hopeful--sometimes all at once. If you are a teenager or young adult with OCD, this book is a "must-read."--David F. Tolin, Ph.D., Director, AnxietyDisorders Center, The Institute of Living; Adjunct Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and author of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding"The Thought That Counts is The Catcher in the Rye for adolescents and young adults with OCD. It tells the reader's story as well as the author's. After reading this book, the OCD sufferer is no longer alone and has information about ways to manage his or her OCD."--Patricia B. Perkins, J.D., former Executive Director of the OC Foundation"Finally, an articulate and intelligent OCD book for teens that tells it as only someone who has been there and back can tell it. It is a much-needed addition that fills a gap in the ever-growingbody of OCD resources for those who suffer from this life-disrupting problem. It is a practicalcombination of a well-written narrative of one young person's struggle to find himself and establish a meaningful life in the face of a serious mental illness, together with accurate and professionally guided information."--Fred Penzel, Ph.D., author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A CompleteGuide to Getting Well and Staying Wellshow more

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