Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD

Beth Alison Maloney, Author Crown Publishing Group (NY) $23.99 (260p) ISBN 978-0-307-46183-4
Maloney's debut chronicles her son, Sammy, and the illness that, almost overnight, transformed him from a sunny, bright boy (described by one teacher as ""the purest math mind the school had ever seen"") into an antisocial stranger ""so dominated by obsessions, compulsions, and rules that daily life becomes impossible."" Sammy's descent into mental illness was diagnosed as severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette's and a number of other ailments, all promising a lifetime of disability; it wasn't until a family acquaintance, whose son exhibited the same symptoms for 10 years, urged Maloney to have Sammy tested for Strep that they learned his condition was treatable. Describing herself as ""part courtroom lawyer and part detective,"" attorney Maloney perseveres with ferocity and sharp storytelling instincts, making this medical mystery-meant to inform families dealing with mental illness-a tear-wrenching crowd-pleaser.
Reviewed on: 09/21/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 260 pages - 978-0-307-46183-4
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-307-46184-1
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