Top positive review
OCD is a cruel, insidious illness that does destroy lives.
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
Janet Singer should be commended on the accuracy of the illuminating content in her book. Many parts of the book brought tears, as I relived the emotional struggle with our son. In 1988, when our son started showing signs of strange behavior, we were without the media resources that are available today. It took two years, before we found a psychiatrist that could diagnose our son's condition as OCD. There was little published about OCD in 1988, and there were limited impatient treatment options, except for Rodgers Memorial Hospital and McLean Hospital. Even though we had a diagnosis, there were limited psychiatrist within 200 miles, that had any clinical training and/or hands-on experience to treat our son. The medications choices were limited to only a couple, but in the late 1990's we saw more options starting to hit the marketplace. Trial and error expermintation was how medications were applied, and in the late 1990's they started to experiment with blending meds to increase the range of options for treatment. After thirty-years, our son is still debilitated by his severe OCD, even though he has been subjected to all the treatment options that are so accurately described in the book. We even went to the extreme treatment option of inserting probes into his skull by way of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS). While some people have had success from this procedure, our son received little relief. The challenges for aging adults with severe OCD are overwhelming, as there are limited options for their care, outside of their aging parents.