What OCD Is and How It Is Treated

Resources

What You Need to Know About OCD
A brochure that covers the core essentials about what OCD is and how it is treated. [IOCDF]

Relief from OCD: A Guide for People with OCD  [Beyond OCD]

Lighten your Load.  Lose the OCD! A Guide for College Students [Beyond OCD]

Characteristics of Obsessional Thinking  (100 kb)
For some OCD sufferers, recognizing and labeling that they are obsessing is one of the biggest hurdles to beating the disorder.  This document highlights some of the main features of obsessions so that individuals with OCD can learn to identify it more quickly. [ACCFS]

Exposure Tracking Form  (256 kb)
Individuals pursuing treatment for OCD and Scrupulosity can use this form to track their progress when doing exposure and response prevention (ERP).

Whirlpool Model for Beating Rumination   (124 kb)
This document describes a technique for helping individuals "shift" when their minds are stuck due to obsessing or intense emotions. [ACCFS]

Summary of the Four Steps of Brainlock  (93 kb)
This document provides a summary of a 4-step program for overcoming OCD developed by Jeffrey Schwartz, MD.  It can be helpful for those with OCD as well as those trying to understand OCD and its treatment.

Books

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  amazon.com
Authors: Bruce Hyman, Ph.D. & Cherry Pedrick, RN
This 352-page workbook helps individuals struggling with OCD develop a step-by-step plan to address their symptoms. It has very helpful chapters for individuals who are primarily obsessional (those who have few behavioral compulsions), for those dealing with scrupulosity (religious and moral obsessions and compulsions), and for family members of someone with OCD.

Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions amazon.com
Author: Lee Baer, Ph.D.
This 272-page book shows readers how to use clinically proven techniques to addresse OCD symptoms such as the nagging feeling that you have left the stovetop burner on, compulsive hand washing, and nerve-racking feelings of guilt that can be completely paralyzing and make it nearly impossible for sufferers to lead healthy lives.

Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions  amazon.com
Authors: Edna Foa, Ph.D. & Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
This 244-page book provides a clinically proven self-help program that has already allowed thousands of men and women with OCD to enjoy a life free from excessive worries and rituals.

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior  amazon.com
Author: Jeffrey Schwartz, MD
This 219-page book is a resource for both those struggling with OCD and those trying to support them. It is easy to understand and provides a 4-step program for overcoming OCD.

Resources for Various OCD Types

Overcoming Compulsive Checking  amazon.com
Author: Paul Munford, Ph.D.
This 153-page book addresses the worries of leaving things unchecked and thereby unintentionally harming others or being considered irresponsible.  Even performing the simplest daily routines can be a source of considerable fear and anxiety for someone suffering from one of the most often seen forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder; checking.

Overcoming Compulsive Washing  amazon.com
Author: Paul Munford, Ph.D.
This 161-page book helps readers identify their specific ritualistic compulsion. Then it helps them to stop obsessing by experimenting with exposure to their fears. The book includes ways to troubleshoot particularly difficult situations and educate the family and loved ones of OCD sufferers to support their loved ones' recovery.

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