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Obsessive-Compulsive Reading List
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Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: Why Do We Do Things We Can’t Stop? An OCD Storybook,E. Katia Moritz, PhD., 2001 Childwork/Childplay. When I diagnose a child or adolescent with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, I urge the family to buy this book. Children with OCD often suffer in secret. They are ashamed and confused by their symptoms. Most of them think that they are crazy or that they are the
only one in the world who has these awful thoughts and weird behaviors.
The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Judith Rapoport, MD, Signet, New York, 1991. The first book to bring OCD to public attention tells the stories of those who are afflicted, often in their own words, and describes the successes doctors and patients have had with both experimental and existing treatments.
Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, Beverly Beyette, Regan Books, 1996. Dr. Schwartz’ book offers a four-step model for dealing with OCD symptoms. While written as an adult self-help book, it may be helpful to some teenagers and parents as well.
Check up from the Neck Up - Ensuring Your Mental Health in the New Millennium,Joan Andrew, Denise E. Davis, Hope Press, 2000. This book, a check up for the brain, is designed to help the vast group of individuals who could function much better if they had some guidelines on how to cope with a brain that doesn’t work quite right.
Everything In Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,Marc Summer, JP Tarcher, 1999. From the time he was in the first grade, Marc Summers feared that if his bedroom wasn't perfectly neat and his shirts didn't hang exactly one-fourth of an inch apart in the closet, something terrible would befall his parents or himself. It wasn't until many years later that the source of his anxiety became clear: like an estimated 6 million Americans today, Summers suffers the effects of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Freeing Your Child From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents, Tamar E. Chansky, PhD. Time Books, 2000. If you're a parent of one of the more than one million children in this country with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know how confusing, even frightening, the symptoms of OCD can be. You're terrified of losing your child and angry about the havoc this disorder has wreaked in your family. More than anything, you want to be able to unlock the secrets of OCD, understand the cause of your child's bizarre symptoms, and help your child break free of these disruptive, relentless thoughts and actions.
Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions, (Revised Edition),Lee Baer, Little Brown & Company, 2000. Six million Americans suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and they know firsthand the often devastating effects it has on their lives. Some symptoms, such as the nagging feeling you have left the stove top burner on, can be mildly distracting. Yet others, like compulsive hand washing, the inability to throw anything out, or nerve-racking feelings of guilt, can be completely paralyzing and make it nearly impossible for sufferers to lead healthy lives. Dr. Baer gives readers the tools to assess their own symptoms, set goals, and create therapeutic programs for themselves. He also helps readers differentiate between OCD and other psychological illnesses such as depression. From the latest treatments to important facts on the medications currently available and how they work, Getting Control is thorough, concise, and positive--a lifesaver for anyone whose well-being is affected by OCD.
The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts, Lee Baer, PhD, Ep Dutton, 2000. In the first book to fully examine obsessive bad thoughts, Dr. Lee Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience in treating this widespread syndrome. Drawing on information ranging from new advances in brain technology to pervasive social taboos, Dr. Baer explores the root causes of bad thoughts, why they can spiral out of control, and how to recognize the crucial difference between harmless and dangerous bad thoughts.
Kissing Doorknobs,Terry Spencer Hesser, Delacorte Press, 1998. Students. In this, her first novel, Terry Spencer Hesser has written an inspiring, often humorous novel about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a topic that merits discussion and compassion.
Living With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs: A Book for Sibs, Patricia Vadasy (Contributor), Donald Joseph Meyer, Rebecca R. Fewell, 1985. Seattle, University of Washington Press. Since siblings are not often informed about their siblings' disabilities by anyone, it could cause more concern; this book's objective is very important. You can also get basic knowledge of laws, programs, and services for persons with disabilities and their families in the U.S.
Mapping the Mind, Rita Carter, University of California Press, 2000. Mapping the Mind charts the way human behavior and culture have been molded by the landscape of the brain. Carter shows how our personalities reflect the biological mechanisms underlying thought and emotion and how behavioral eccentricities may be traced to abnormalities in an individual brain. Obsessions and compulsions seem to be caused by a stuck neural switch in a region that monitors the environment for danger. Addictions stem from dysfunction in the brain's reward system. Even the sense of religious experience has been linked to activity in a certain brain region. The differences between men and women's brains, the question of a "gay brain," and conditions such as dyslexia, autism, and mania are also explored.
OCD in Children and Adults: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual, John S. March, Karen Mulle, Guilford Press, 1998. An empirically grounded guide to assessment, treatment planning, and skills-based intervention, covering the four stages of treatment: psychoeducation, cognitive training, mapping OCD, and graded exposure and response prevention.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents, Mitzi Waltz, O’Reily & Associates, Sebastopol, CA, 2000. Written by a parent who is also a medical journalist, this book provides practical information about diagnosing, treating, and living with childhood-onset OCD.
A Thought Is Just A Thought: A Story of Living with OCD, Leslie Talley, Lantern Books, 2004. Powerfully illustrated, A Thought Is Just a Thought is the compelling and sympathetic story of Jenny, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It describes Jenny’s visits with her mother to a doctor. He notices that Jenny is afraid to stop tapping the wall with her fingers for fear that her sister won’t come home, and that she is afraid to walk on the white squares of the kitchen’s black and white, tiled floor. The kind Dr. Mike helps Jenny overcome her fears by showing her how to rethink the bad thoughts, and eventually she stops dwelling on the thought and its irrational consequences, realizing that, after all, a thought is just a thought. A Thought Is Just a Thought is the first book for children and parents that confronts OCD, a surprisingly common childhood illness. It is an excellent resource for parents and for doctors who wish better understand how to help children deal with this debilitating psychological illness
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: A Guide, Hugh F. Johnston, J. Jay Fruehling, Madison Institute of Medicine, 1997. Obsessions are involuntary thoughts or feelings that arise repeatedly in a person's mind and are often described as worries by children. Most children over age 8 are aware that their obsessions are abnormal, and, consequently, they are often embarrassed and uncomfortable talking about them. Children, like adults, may exhibit unusual behaviors related to their obsessions. Perhaps one out of every 200 children under the age of 18 has obsessive compulsive disorder, and it is estimated that half of all the adults with the disorder first began to experience its symptoms before age 18. It is unfortunate that many children with the disorder are either not diagnosed or are incorrectly diagnosed because effective treatments are available. In this guide Dr. Johnston explores the problem and the many treatments.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - New Help for the Family, Herbert L. Gravitz, PhD, 1998, Healing Visions PR. Herb Gravitz' book on OCD, New Help for the Family is a wonderful contribution to the mental health field. His writing and perspective lend compassion, clarity and understanding for all people involved in this anxiety disorder. Diagnosed, 6 months after starting a serious relationship, my Significant Other and I were able to glean new understanding and boundary setting with Dr. Gravitz help. I would like to see more medical professionals encouraging family members to read this book and get the assistance and recovery they need. I would recommend this book highly (and do!) to anyone who loves someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Over and Over Again, Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Revised Edition, Fugen Neziroglu, PhD & Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, MD., Lexington Press, 1991. I found this book warm and fuzzy for someone with OCD. It was very basic and yet had insight on the disorder that brought a little hope to those of us who feel hopeless. It is a must read for every OCD patient in that it helps one come to terms with the disorder and feel ok about getting help. It is an easy read and one that is enjoyable. If you have never read a book on OCD this is a good first start.
Up and Down the Worry Hill : A Childrens Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment, Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD., Lighthouse Press, 2004. Over one million children and adolescents in the US suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a baffling illness that can be debilitating for the child in school, with friends, and family.
What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : Strategies and Solutions, Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD., Lighthouse Press, 2002. Is your child among the over one million children in this country who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Dr. Aureen Wagner brings you the latest scientific advances in the treatment of OCD along with her many years of experience in treating children and teenagers. Using the metaphor of the Worry Hill, for which she has received international recognition, she presents a powerful step-by-step approach that countless children have used successfully to regain control from OCD. She provides parents and children with the blue print to take charge of and master OCD.
Mr. Worry: A Story About Ocd,Holly I. Niner, Albert Whitman & Company, 2004. When his parents realize that Kevin has too many worries, they take him to talk to a therapist. She tells Kevin and his parents that Kevin has a condition called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and that, more importantly, he can be helped.
Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions,Edward Foa, PhD & Rick Wilson, PhD., 1991, Bantan Books. Regain control over your life. If you find yourself tormented by unwanted, disturbing thoughts or compelled to perform rigidly set action to reduce your stress, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It may be as mild a doubting whether you turned off the iron before leaving the house, or it may be as sever as disabling as washing your hands for hours each day. But whatever its degree, OCD is distressing, uncomfortable, and can disrupt your life or destroy your most important relationships. Until recently, OCD was considered to be almost untreatable using conventional forms of therapy. Now it is known to be a highly treatable disorder using behavior therapy. Drs. Foa and Wilson, internationally known authorities on the treatment of anxiety disorders, have developed a revolutionary self-help program that can help relieve crippling obsessions and compulsions.
Teaching the Tiger: A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students With Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Marilyn Dornbush, Ph.D. & Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., Hope Press, 1995. On every page it is quite evident that these two writers understand what each child and adult go through when they suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The daily struggle with just being able to organize oneself in order to meet either the classroom environment or the work place takes on heroic proportions. With guidance from clinicians such as Dornbush and Pruitt, the sufferers of these conditions will have the tools and strategies with which to cope with their invisible handicaps.
Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,Ian Osborn, Pantheon Books, New York, 1998. Who would have thought a book about OCD could be entertaining as well as informative? Osborn offers up medical facts, hundreds of years of history, and personal observations.
What Do You Do With A Child Like This? Inside the Lives of Troubled Children, Larry Tobin, Whole Person Associates, 1991. Take a journey inside the world of troubled children and learn why they behave as they do. Author L. Tobin offers a wide variety of proven techniques that teachers, parents, counselors, and psychologists can use to cope with behavior problems and to create positive change in children's lives. The wealth of practical suggestions found in this book will invite frequent rereading.
When Once in Not Enough: Help for Obsessive-Compulsives, Gail Stekke, PhD, Kevin White, MD. New Harbinger Publications, 1990. This book can be very helpful for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) sufferers, their loved ones and therapists. It gives examples, defines OCD (as well as, other disorders) and shows a person what they can do to help themselves or others with OCD. This book is written in a way that is easy for anyone to understand, not just therapists. It gives people with OCD the information they need to better understand the disorder and helps them figure out what is the best way for them to cope with it. This book is interesting and a useful guide for anyone who must deal with OCD on a daily basis. The only thing I would have liked to have seen would be more expanded definitions of some of the different actions and thoughts seen in OCD patients.
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