Resources on OCD

"The Imp of the Mind" by Lee Baer

In The Imp of the Mind, Lee Baer, a leading expert on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, explores the hidden epidemic that afflicts millions of people. Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience in treating obsessive bad thoughts. Drawing on information ranging from new advances in brain technology to pervasive social taboos, Baer explores the root cause of bad thoughts, why they can spiral out of control, and how to recognise the crucial difference between harmless and dangerous bad thoughts. An illuminating and accessible guide to the kinds of thoughts that create extreme fear, guilt, and worry, The Imp of the Mind provides concrete solutions to a tormenting and debilitating disorder. It includes special sections on the prescription medications that have proven effective.


"Brain Lock" by Jeffrey Schwartz

A scientifically proven four-step self-treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which enables people to modify their behaviour and their brain chemistry. OCD is a condition which affects millions of people worldwide. This work shows how sufferers can cure themselves by their own determination rather than through psycho-pharmaceuticals. Using real-life examples from real patients, it scientifically validates this cognitive-behavioural self-treatment through visually striking brain imaging studies, which show that people can systematically modify their own brain metabolic activity.


"Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts" by David Clark

Although once thought to be a rare and unusual condtion, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has become increasingly a part of everyday discourse as it has gathered more and more media attention. One facet of OCD that is just beginning to be widely known is that people with the disorder can present a wide range of symptoms. Some people with OCD wash compulsively, others hoard objects, while still others - the audience of this book - struggle with obsessive thoughts. This book addresses the needs of those who struggle with obsessive thoughts they perceive as violent, disgusting, or blasphemous. Psychologists estimate that more than 50 percent of OCD sufferers experience aggressive, religious, or sexual thoughts. The goal of this book is to help people understand the impact of their control efforts on their obsessional thoughts. It works to help them recognise that thoughts, in themselves, are not threatening, dangerous, or harmful. Rather, it is the compulsive strategies they develop for coping that make the thoughts seem so harmful. The book offers safe and effective exposure exercises readers can use to limit the effect obsessive thoughts have on their lives.


"Touch and Go Joe" by Jo Wells

One in every 100 people suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and 16-year-old Joe Wells is one of them. In "Touch and Go Joe", he tells the story of his battle with OCD from its insidious beginnings at age 9 and increasingly intrusive symptoms, to diagnosis at age 12. Having struggled to keep the condition a secret for years, he is now able to talk and write openly about OCD and how he battled to overcome it. This book is packed with advice and coping strategies, as well as first-hand accounts of available treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy and medication. Written in an informal and accessible style, and including his own humorous illustrations, "Touch and Go Joe" gives an upbeat yet realistic look at the effect of OCD on adolescent life. This honest and amusing account will raise awareness of this all-too-common, yet frequently mis diagnosed disorder and will be of interest to anyone who has suffered from or knows someone who has suffered from OCD, including children and adolescents, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, parents and carers.


"Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family" by Kathleen Rupertus

People who suffer from mental illness rarely do so alone. Their families and loved ones face their own set of unique challenges - problems that deserve their own resources and support. This is the first book written specifically for the loved ones of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It helps readers examine how OCD affects their lives and offers a straightforward system for building a healthier, more constructive relationship with OCD sufferers.


"Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Treatment" by Aureen Pinto Wagner

Over one million children and adolescents in the US suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This book helps parents and professionals explain OCD to children clearly and simply through the eyes of a child. Children will identify with Casey's initial straggle with OCD, his sense of hope when he learns about treatment, his relief that neither he nor his parents are to blame, end eventually, his victory over OCD.


"The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" by Cherry Pedrick, Bruce Hyman

If you find yourself tormented by recurrent, intrusive thoughts and/or compelled to perform senseless, repetitive rituals, you may be one of the millions who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The good news is OCD is highly treatable using cognitive-behavioral techniques. The OCD Workbook offers expert guidance and an intensive, self-directed program to help you overcome crippling obsessions and compulsions. Using real-life stories of other OCD sufferers, this step-by-step guide provides you with the tools and inspiration to free yourself from the distress of OCD and regain control over your life.


"Man, Interrupted: Welcome to the Bizarre World of OCD, Where Once More Is Never Enough" by James Bailey