An author whose son was diagnosed with infection triggered obsessive-compulsive disorder at age 12 will be in Wisconsin the week of Jan. 16 researching a new book for parents struggling to find the right treatment for their children with infection triggered OCD and anxiety disorders. At least one chapter of the book will be about hospitalization and residential treatment (like the treatment offered by the child and adolescent centers at Rogers Memorial Hospital).
"Rogers is the gold standard for the residential treatment of OCD," said Beth Maloney, "and I want to be able to describe what a parent should look for when their child needs that type of help."
As part of the trip, Maloney will sign copies of her book, “Saving Sammy: A Mother’s Fight to Cure Her Son’s OCD” at the Next Chapter Bookshop beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The bookshop is located at 10976 North Port Washington Road in Mequon.
“When my middle son was twelve, he was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and then Tourette syndrome,” said Maloney. “Confined to our home by his illness, a lifelong placement seemed his likely fate – until I learned that a strep infection might be the cause (a disorder known as PANDAS). Most doctors said I was wrong; but I was right, and two doctors helped me cure him. He is now fully recovered,” said Maloney.
Rogers Memorial Hospital is home to several unique treatment programs that specialize in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in children, and is home to one of the few residential treatment centers specifically for adults with OCD and anxiety disorders.