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Saving Sammy

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By Maloney, Beth Alison

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The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs in... read full description below.

ISBN 9780307461841
Barcode 9780307461841
Published 15 January 2011 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780307461841
ISBN-10 030746184X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Three Rivers Press
Publication Date 15 January 2011
International Publication Date 5 October 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Maloney, Beth Alison
Category Biography & Autobiography
Physiological & Neuro-Psychology
Paediatric Medicine
Psychiatry
Child Care & Upbringing: Advice
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 210g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.8522
Catalogue Code 180497

Description of this Book

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets. Sammy's mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors' prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth's quest took her to the center of the medical community's raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who answered that question with a definitive yes. Together, they cured Sammy. Five years later, he remains symptom free. Driven by her desire to help others, Beth Maloney has infused every page of this triumphant journey with heart and passion. An important story, Saving Sammy is part manifesto, part medical mystery, but is at its heart the empowering and inspiring story of a mother's determination to save her son, take on the medical establishment-and win. From the Hardcover edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review From&#160; Publishers Weekly &#160;(Starred)&#160;<br>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,&#160;making this medical mystery&mdash;meant to inform families dealing with mental illness&mdash;a tear-wrenching crowd-pleaser

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Author's Bio

BETH ALISON MALONEY is a successful Maine attorney and guardian ad litem. Before moving to Maine, she was an executive and attorney in the motion picture and television business in Los Angeles. Saving Sammy is her first book.

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