Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects some 1-3 percent of the human population and for some can be severely debilitating. It would be highly surprising, according to the tenets of “one medicine,” if it did not also occur in animals and, of course, it does. The first revelation that animals have OCD was made by Dr. Judith Rapoport, a child psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health. She wrote a book about a boy with OCD – The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing - and following a national media tour was inundated with messages saying
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