February 13, 2007
For immediate release
Rene Staskal, doctoral student atThe Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, publishes column on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the Santa Barbara Independent
Graduate student Rene Staskal has written the latest column for “Getting Education: Notes from UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School” for the on-line version of the Santa Barbara Independent. The essay, entitled “The Doubting Illness: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,” explains what the disorder entails and suggests methods of treatment. The piece can be read on the Independent website.
The article begins: “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was once thought to be relatively uncommon, affecting only .5% of the adult population. However, it is now believed that one in every 40 adults will be affected by OCD in their lifetime. It is also now recognized that OCD often starts in childhood or adolescence, affecting one in every 200 children. This makes it the fourth most common mental illness in the United States.”
The bi-weekly Independent column, now in its fifth month, is another effort by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to bridge the gap between town and gown.
[Rene Staskal is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]