ABCs of OCD! (The)
Author: Kathleen Dunn
Publisher: The Creative Cabin (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 44 pages
A whimsical look at a child's view of dealing with her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder experiences ...'maintaining a sense of calm to cope with the challenges of daily life help keep things in perspective' ... perhaps there's a lesson for all of us. Life Will Be OK! "The insight, humor and warmth of this book is an example of the best resources of the human spirit! Healing comes in many forms and Kathleen Dunn has captured the essence of a difficult disorder that has affected but not defeated her family. To me 'The ABCs of OCD spell H-O-P-E!', Dr. Brand, PhD. Psychologist, Alliance Psychological Services, LLC. Kathleen dedicates this book to both of her war veteran 'Paps', she is sure one of them had OCD!
I was impressed with very adult like effort that 8 year old author/illustrator Kathleen Dunn has accomplished with her serious but fun book called "The ABCs of OCD!" It looks like it meets a need out there for young people to read about OCD. I image that the literature with regards to OCD is not as much fun to read as this book would be.
This young author takes other youngsters on a reading adventure to help them cope and understand a little more about what they might be going through if they are one of those many children out there living with the diagnoses of having OCD. I found it fresh, entreating and whimsical with simple illustrations and wording. Totally fitting for young children between the ages of 3-8 years of age.
I highly recommend this book for anyone--be it parent or grandparent out there who has a youngster dealing with OCD. This would be a good read-aloud book to share with the youngest of them; while for those in grade school this would be a very easy read for them.
Reviewed by: Bill McDonald, MWSA Founder and Reviewer (May 2010)
Throughout my years in private practice, I have always believed that the greatest source of wisdom comes from the people we serve. This is especially true of our youngest patients, who often see their life situations clearly, and without the filters of theory, statistics or diagnostic guidelines.
The insight, humor and warmth of this book is an example of the best resources of the human spirit! Healing comes in many forms and Kathleen Dunn has captured the essence of a difficult disorder that has affected but not defeated her family. It is a tribute to the entire Dunn family that they have chosen to devote their creative energy to provide this beautiful book to educate others. To me "The ABC's of OCD" spell h-o-p-e!
- Mary M. Brand, Ph.D. Psychologist, Alliance Psychological Services, LLC