OCD Chicago Joins “Oxford Messed Up” Book Launch

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OCD Chicago founder and honorary chair Susan Richman endorsed Andrea Kayne Kaufman’s new book, “Oxford Messed Up,” a compelling love story about an individual with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that will be published on November 17, 2011.

Susan Richman and OCD Chicago president Jeanne Ettelson will attend the publication launch party. “Oxford Messed Up” is the story of a couple’s journey from sickness to health and from fear to freedom. It will be available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, iBooks and Nook editions.

Author Andrea Kayne Kaufman is a professor and attorney who earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “Oxford Messed Up,” her first novel, promises to transport readers on a meaningful and emotional journey, where the academic world of Oxford is a backdrop for true learning, self-discovery, and transcendent love. The novel is research-based, and has been vetted by OCD experts, including OCD Chicago’s founder Susan Richman, who say it is one of the first novels to present the inner workings and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder accurately. Most depictions in fiction, television, and movies focus on OCD’s eccentric behavior and ignore the internal torture.

Praising “Oxford Messed Up,” Susan Richman stated, “Finally, a story that shows how powerful Cognitive Behavior Therapy really is, and a protagonist who is so much more than her OCD… This book accurately and finally portrays the recovery that is possible when OCD is treated correctly. Thank you, Andrea Kayne Kaufman, on behalf of all of us who struggle with anxiety, and on behalf of all of us searching for healing, growth and a beautiful love story!”

Susan A. Richman, J.D., the founder, past president and honorary chair of OCD Chicago, developed OCD very suddenly and severely at the age of 28 and could neither work nor live on her own during the three years in which she received ineffective treatment. She recovered after three weeks of exposure and response prevention therapy. Ms. Richman founded OCD Chicago so that others could learn about and access effective treatment without wasting years of their lives. Ms. Richman was graduated first in her class from Northwestern University with a degree in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She received her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She has practiced real estate law in Chicago and currently works in farm and ranch management.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis, after phobias, substance abuse and major depression. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and Harvard University ranked OCD among the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide. It equally affects adults and children of all races, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds.

OCD Chicago, the leading provider of consumer resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD, supports the informational and emotional needs of people with OCD, their families, educators, clergy, and the mental health professionals who treat them.

For more information on OCD Chicago or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, visit http://www.ocdchicago.org. On its web site, the organization offers detailed facts about OCD, resources, expert perspectives, personal stories from individuals with OCD, and free, downloadable OCD Guides in English and Spanish for all age groups. People can also call OCD Chicago at 773-880-1635 to speak with someone knowledgeable about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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