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Best Books on OCD

Navigate the complexities of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with these insightful books. Each book on this list is a top recommendation from trusted publications, known for their helpful and educational content on OCD.

Recommendations from 18 articles, Bill Gates, Lena Dunham, John Green and 5 others.
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Brain Lock
Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
Jeffrey M. Schwartz - 1997-01-31 (first published in 1996)
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Unlock your mind and free yourself from the prison of obsessive-compulsive behavior with this classic guide. Written by a renowned doctor, Brain Lock offers a simple four-step method that has proven to be effective in treating OCD without relying on medication. Using cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification, patients can develop new patterns of response to their obsessions and alter their brain chemistry. With real-life stories from patients, this book provides inspiration and practical tools for taking control of your life.
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Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Updated Edition)
A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty, Updated Edition
Jonathan Grayson - 2003-09-29
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Overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder with a successful method developed by a renowned psychologist. This updated edition offers understanding and guidance for those struggling with OCD.
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Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts
A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts
Sally M. Winston - 2017-03-01
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Discover proven-effective cognitive-behavioral skills in this powerful book to overcome unwanted, intrusive, disturbing thoughts, reduce anxiety and move beyond the shame surrounding these thoughts. You’ll learn the different kinds of disturbing thoughts, debunk myths about them, and gain powerful CBT skills to cope and move forward, so you can focus on living the life you want.
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The Imp of the Mind
Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts
Lee Baer - 2002-02-26 (first published in 2001)
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This expertly written book explores the hidden epidemic of obsessive bad thoughts that afflict millions of Americans. Dr. Lee Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience to examine the root causes of bad thoughts, how to recognize the difference between harmless and dangerous ones, and provides concrete solutions to a debilitating disorder. The Imp of the Mind illuminates the types of thoughts that cause fear, guilt, and worry and includes special sections on effective prescription medications. It's a must-read for anyone looking to conquer the torment of OCD.
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When a Family Member Has OCD
Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Jon Hershfield MFT - 2015-12-01
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A guide for families dealing with the impact of OCD on their household. With practical advice and information on symptoms and treatments, this book provides a comprehensive resource to help loved ones better understand and communicate with each other.
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The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD
A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Jon Hershfield MFT, Tom Corboy MFT - 2013-12-01
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Manage the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with The Mindfulness Workbook. Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), this practical guide offers accessible tools for challenging distorted thinking, developing present-moment awareness, and living with more joy. With new meditations, information, and chapters on emotional and mental contamination, existential obsessions, false memories and more. Take back control of your life and manage OCD symptoms with this fully revised and updated second edition.
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What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck
A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)
Dawn Huebner - 2007-02-15
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This self-help book is designed for kids struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It teaches cognitive-behavioral techniques to recognize and respond to OCD's tricks, and provides step-by-step instructions to break free from sticky thoughts and urges. With engaging activities, this interactive guide empowers children to work towards change and live happier lives. Part of the Magination Press What-to-Do Guides for Kids(R) series, this book is a complete resource for kids and their parents.
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Talking Back to OCD
The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"
John S. March - 2006-12-28 (first published in 1995)
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"Talking Back to OCD" empowers kids and teens to take control of their obsessive-compulsive disorder with Dr. John March's eight-step program. This unique book is two in one and provides specific problem-solving techniques for young readers while showing parents how to be supportive. Join the thousands who have already used March's program to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions, and show OCD who's boss. Awarded the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit.
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Overcoming Harm OCD
Mindfulness and CBT Tools for Coping with Unwanted Violent Thoughts
Jon Hershfield MFT - 2018-12-01
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Overcome your fears of harming others with powerful cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness tools. In this much-needed guide, psychotherapist Jon Hershfield explains what harm OCD is and offers tips for finding professional help and working with loved ones to address it systemically. With an overview of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatment approaches, you can learn to reclaim your life and understand that your thoughts are just thoughts, and they don't make you a bad person. This evidence-based guide offers powerful tools to jump-start changes in your life.
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The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD
Lean into Your Fear, Manage Difficult Emotions, and Focus On Recovery
Kimberley Quinlan LMFT - 2021-10-01
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This compassionate guide offers a step-by-step program to help those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms and revitalize their lives. Drawing on cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, and compassion-focused therapy, this breakthrough book teaches readers how to balance emotions and replace self-judgment with kindness and self-compassion. Don't let OCD rob you of your self-worth - let this book empower you to discover, support, and love the best version of yourself.
Stop Obsessing! by Edna B. Foa, Reid Wilson
Obsessed by Allison Britz
The Man Who Couldn't Stop by David Adam
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Needing to Know for Sure by Martin N. Seif PhD, Sally M. Winston PsyD
OCD Workbook 3d by Bruce M. Hyman PhD LCSW, Cherlene Pedrick RN
Everyday Mindfulness for OCD by Jon Hershfield MFT, Shala Nicely LPC
Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Tamar E. Chansky
"Pure O" OCD by Chad Lejeune
Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals by Ian Osborn
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Is Fred in the Refrigerator? by Shala Nicely, Reid Wilson
Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD by Eli R. Lebowitz
Buried in Treasures by David Tolin, Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee
Pure by Rose Bretécher
Relationship OCD by Sheva Rajaee MFT
Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by David Veale, Robert Willson
Stuff That's Loud by Ben Sedley, Lisa W. Coyne
Treating Your OCD with Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention Therapy by Elna Yadin, Edna B. Foa, Tracey K. Lichner
Up and Down the Worry Hill by Aureen Pinto Wagner
Practice Being Brave by Molly Gambrel
Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by David J Keuler Ph.D.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders by Fred Penzel
Mastery of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Edna B. Foa, Michael J. Kozak
Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser
Rewind Replay Repeat by Jeff Bell
When Perfect Isn't Good Enough by Martin M. Antony PhD, Richard P. Swinson MD
Don't Believe Everything You Think by Joseph Nguyen
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Just Checking by Emily Colas