2020: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Lois is of the thousands who suffer from an obsessive compulsive disorder called 'harming obsession'. 20/20 speaks to several OCD sufferers who have a chemical imbalance that manifests in intrusive thought patterns.


Producer: ABC News, 2000
Format: DVD, 12 minutes
Brain Lock

Free Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

A Four-Step Self-Treatment Method to Change Your Brain Chemistry

Through the real-life stories of actual patients, this breakthrough bestselleroffers obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferers a simple four-step program to overcome OCD without the use of drugs.
The four steps are: Relabeling; Reattributing; Refocusing; and Revaluing.


Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., with Beverly Beyette
Publisher: Regan Books, 1996
Format: Book, paperback, 256 pages
Children with OCD

John Stossel of ABC News interviews the members of two families who have children afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The interviews are heart-wrenching, as we watch the children perform obsessive rituals while their parents helplessly watch. Little Rachel can`t stand anything touching her body and screams, "Mommy. Take them off. Take them off!" Jade Gregory repeats the mantra, "Unplugged. Unplugged," and exhibits other compulsive behaviors, such as tying and retying her shoes. Family members describe the progression of the condition in their children and the difficulties of everyday living.

Dr. John Piacentini, director of a children`s OCD clinic, explains the chemical causes of the condition, the treatments available, and what parents can do to help afflicted children.


Produced by: Films for the Humanities, 1997
Format: VHS, 15 minutes, color
 
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