When my middle son was twelve, he was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and then Tourette Syndrome. Confined to our home by the horror of 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.
SAVING SAMMY: A Mother's Fight to Cure Her Son's OCD is now available in three formats: paperback, digital, and audio. Published by Random House in 2009, the book has changed the course of medicine and helped to better the lives of many sick children. Ms. Maloney and Sammy have given generously of their time and personal story making numerous media and public appearances to alert the public to the fact that an infection can cause mental illness. Dearly loved by readers, SAVING SAMMY is empowering and uplifting. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, a "stand up and cheer" review from Booklist, and multiple endorsements from physicians and others (see Endorsements above). In the words of one reader, “It had me in tears, smiling, laughing out loud, worrying, and rejoicing.”
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