Wednesday, August 21, 2013

OCD and the Library

The video above features an incredible spoken work artist performing his composition about falling in love. It's gone viral, and I keep seeing it pop-up everywhere. Neil Hilborn has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The way he incorporates his tics and compulsions into his work is breathtaking.

OCD affects about 3% of the general population of the U.S., including about 1 in 200 minors. People usually begin displaying symptoms between the ages of 6 and 15. That means that someone you know, perhaps even someone close to you, has some degree of Obsessive Compulsive disorder. In spite of the restrictions the disorder's typical behaviors can place on a person, lots of people with OCD live incredible, creative lives. Want to know more? Try one of these fabulous new books:

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Vaughn

Danielle Levine has an impressive hat collection and a different pair of Chucks for every mood. She stands out everywhere, even in her alternative high school filled with weirdos. When her unique English essays land her in a dreaded social skills class, she's surprised to meet someone who just may understand her better than she understands herself and introduces her to a community of people who accept her for who she is.

OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu

In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, and as if she could fall in love again, but things change 
when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group 
with Beck--a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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