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Payton Is Afraid of Dirt

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Payton Is Afraid of Dirt 

By Shanna Simpson 

Payton is afraid of dirt. He’s afraid of germs and getting sick, and spends a lot of his time cleaning and worrying over his fears.

Payton learns he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His OCD is like someone in his head bossing him around all day long. It tells him that he has to wash and tidy, and cannot do the things he wants, like play outside.

With the help of his family and doctor, Payton learns how to manage his OCD by putting it in an imaginary shrink machine, or ROARING it away!

Learn how Payton, and others like him, make their OCD monsters smaller. You can do it, too!


"Shanna was born and raised in Chicago's southwestern suburbs where she earned her degree in journalism from North Central College in Naperville, IL. At age seven, Shanna was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which motivated her to share her experiences in a picture book about coping with OCD as a child. Besides her day job at the library and several other writing projects, Shanna enjoys time with her family and dogs, Kallie and Jordan, and has been a serious Chicago Cubs fan since attending her first game in 1989 at age three.”


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