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Being Me with OCD

How I learned to obsess less and live my life

Alison Dotson

Part memoir, part self-help for teens, this book tells the story of how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dragged the author to rock bottom - and how she found hope, got help, and eventually climbed back to a fuller, happier life. Using anecdotes, self-reflection, guest essays, and thorough research, Dotson explains what OCD is and how readers with OCD can begin to get better. With humour, specific advice, and an inspiring, been-there-beat-that attitude, readers will find the book simultaneously touching and practical.

22x15cm  139 pages  $24.95  

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Reasoning processes in obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders

Keiron O'Connor, Frederick Aardema, Marie-Claude Pelissier

People with strong obsessional doubt and fixed, overvalued obsessional beliefs are often resistant to cognitive-behaviour therapy and difficult to help. In over ten years of clinical practice with people with obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), it became clear to the authors that current cognitive explanations of such disorders are often incomplete.
Their book presents an innovative approach that brings together reasoning research, philosophy of mind and language, and cognitive therapy to understand OCD. It outlines the development and validation of an inference-based approach to treating OCD, which addresses the inductive and often imaginary narrative leading to obsessional inferences.
Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health workers will find this book of great interest. Also included is a complete treatment manual of inferential based therapy (IBA), together with an appendix of supplementary treatment cards for the client that are available online.

23x15cm  304 pages  $85.95  

Breaking Free from OCD

A CBT Guide for Young People and Their Families

Jo Derisley and others

Gives young people with OCD techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) they can use on their own or with guidance to control their behaviors and reduce triggers or causes. Describes OCD and the prospects of getting better, defines CBT, and analyze traps and triggers of obsessive or compulsive behaviors. The core of the book is devoted to treatment, including understanding the role of anxiety, deciding first steps, designing exposure and response preventative exercises, making progress, overcoming difficulties, determining the role of thoughts, challenging thoughts, testing whether thoughts will come true, maintaining gains, and taking stock of the big picture. Includes a full set of worksheets and advice for caregivers and families.

25x18cm  223 pages  $35.95  

Can I Tell You About OCD?

A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Amita Jassi

Meet Katie - a teenager with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Katie invites readers to learn about OCD from her perspective, helping them to understand what it is, how her obsessions and compulsions affect her daily life, and how people around her can help.
With illustrations throughout, this will be an ideal introduction to OCD for both young people and older readers. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support someone with the condition and will be an excellent way to start a conversation about OCD, in the classroom or at home.

23x15cm  48 pages  $15.95  

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD

David Clark

This authoritative book reviews current cognitive-behavioral models of OCD and delineates an innovative, theoretically and empirically grounded approach to assessment and treatment. Leading scientist-practitioner David A. Clark first elaborates and refines existing theories of obsessions and compulsions. He then spells out effective strategies for assessing client needs, developing a clear case formulation, implementing an array of cognitive and behavioral interventions, and troubleshooting potential difficulties. Illustrated with extensive clinical material, the volume is practical and user-friendly. Reproducible appendices feature over a dozen rating scales, client handouts, and homework tasks

22x15cm  317 pages  $69.00  

Coping with OCD

Practical Strategies for Living Well with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Bruce Hyman & Troy Dufrene

Offers a simple and engaging program that can get anyone with mild to moderate OCD started on the road to recovery. Beginning with a crash course on what OCD is and what it is not this book teaches OCD sufferers to think realistically about their condition and how it is likely to change over time. Proposes a three-part program for recovery that uses safe and gradual exposure to distressing thoughts and situations, mindfulness practice, and techniques to restructure thinking. Additional chapters address shame and blame, depression, and maintaining progress.

19x15cm  153 pages  $24.95  

Free from OCD

A Workbook for Teens with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Instant Help Series

Timothy Sisemore

Free from OCD includes forty activities designed to teach teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy strategies for overcoming their fears and compulsions.
Instant Help Series

25x20cm  135 pages  $31.95  

From Thoughts to Obsessions

Obsessive Per Hove ThomsenDisorder in Children and Adolescents

Per Hove Thomsen

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is the term given to a condition characterized by recurring obsessive thoughts or actions. These thoughts or actions are involuntary and are often a response to a deep-rooted fear. This introductory book, richly illustrated with case examples, explains the nature and treatment of OCD in children and adolescents. OCD has been little discussed in relation to this age group, although it is now believed that approximately 1 per cent of all children and adolescents suffers from serious obsessive disorders. Written for parents and relatives as well as doctors, teachers and other professionals working with this group of patients, From Thoughts to Obsessions defines OCD and forms a straightforward explanation of the symptoms, assessment procedures and treatment strategies. Per Hove Thomsen also examines obsessive features which may form part of normal adolescent development as well as the relationship of OCD to other psychiatric conditions.

21x14cm  150 pages  $38.95  

Getting Over OCD

A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life

Jonathan Abramowitz

Structured to mirror the steps of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, this engaging workbook offers specific strategies for changing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that keep OCD alive.

26x20cm  307 pages  $43.95  

Helping Your Child with OCD

A Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder.

Fitzgibbons & Pedrick

Learn how to recognize your child's specific symptoms, understand causes of and treatment options, and teach your child the tools and techniques they need to deal with their OCD behaviour.

28x22cm  184 pages  $49.95  

Letting Go of Perfect

Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids

Jill L Adelson, PhD, Hope E Wilson, PhD

Pinpoints a crippling state of mentality among many kids and teens today - the need to be absolutely perfect - and gives parents and teachers the guidance and support they need to help children break free of the anxieties and behaviors related to perfectionism.

For children who believe their best is never good enough, perfectionism can lead to excessive guilt, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, depression, pessimism, obsessive and compulsive behavior, and a sense of rigidity. By delineating the major types of perfectionists and providing practical tips, the authors show parents and teachers how they can help these children effectively control their perfectionist tendencies and use those to their advantage.

This engaging, practical book is a must-have for parents, teachers, and counselors wanting to help children overcome perfectionism, raise self-confidence, lessen guilt, increase motivation, and offer a future free of rigidity.

23x15cm  204 pages  $26.00  

Loving Someone With OCD

Help for You and Your Family

Cherlene Pedrick, Karen J. Landsman, Kathleen M. Parrish

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 sources of support. This is the first book written specifically to 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.
The book contains basic information about OCD-its definition, cause, and symptoms-and a brief overview of treatments available for the disorder. After these introductory sections, the book focuses on ways readers can foster a healthy relationship with someone with OCD. It includes tips for increasing family involvement, making accommodation for the disorder in daily life, and creating an action plan for change using family contracts. The book also covers relational topics such as parenting and marriage, self-care, and support networking. Throughout, the book illustrates important points with the real-life stories of families living with OCD.

23x16cm  184 pages  $34.00  

Not as Crazy as I Seem

George Harrar

Aged 15, Devon Brown won't eat in the school caf (a germ swamp). He covers his hands before opening doors, eats things in groups of four (his lucky number), and hangs up his shirts (with all their buttons buttoned) by colour. Some kids say Devon s crazy, but he knows better. These are the tricks that keep bad things from happening, and he can't imagine giving them up. Devon calls it controlling things. His doctor calls it obsessive-compulsive disorder. When Devon starts at a new school, his compulsions start to get him in trouble, and before long he realizes that his only choice is to confront his behaviours and the events that trigger them.
In a compelling story of growing up different, the author introduces us to a boy who just might change the way we think about crazy.
Sometimes a novel is a useful way to introduce concepts and open up opportunities for discussion.

18x13cm  232 pages  $14.00  

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A Practical Guide to Treatment

Clare S Rees

For more than ten years, Clare Rees has worked as a therapist who treats OCD, and in this book she provides an outline of her preferred approach to treating OCD.
To be effective in their work with OCD clients, Dr Rees argues that clinicians require a thorough knowledge of an explanatory model that will help guide selection of treatment approaches. Dr Rees has found the cognitive model to be the most relevant and accurate account of OCD; her overview of this model provides a frame for her book.
Described in detail are the characteristics of clients who have been treated and how they were treated. Clear summaries of current research findings that relate to both conceptualisation and treatment are provided. Individual chapters describe cognitive constructs that are relevant to OCD - such as magical thinking, intolerance of uncertainty and responsibility and how these constructs can be addressed in therapy. Examples of case formulations and related treatment plans are provided; these will assist in tailoring evidence-based treatment to the needs of particular clients. Innovative treatment developments, including group treatments and metacognitive approaches, are outlined. How OCD in childhood and adolescence can be treated is discussed. Two complete therapist-manuals, a cognitive-behavioural treatment manual and a metacognitive treatment manual, are included; each has been trialled and published previously in the OCD research literature; each can be used for both individual and group therapy and is accompanied by tips to maximise effectiveness and extensive client resources.

23x15cm  224 pages  $45.00  

OCD in Children and Adolescents

A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual

March, John S

This ideal clinical resource takes readers session-by-session through a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach to pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Appendices provide helpful assessment forms and patient hand-outs that can be photocopied for clinical use.

16x24cm  298 pages  $65.00  

OCD Workbook

Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (3RD ed.)

Bruce Hyman, Cherry Pedrick

The OCD Workbook has helped thousands of people with OCD break the bonds of troubling OCD symptoms and regain the hope of a productive life. Endorsed and used in hospitals and clinics the world over, this valuable resource is now fully revised and updated with the latest evidence-based approaches to understanding and managing OCD. It offers day-to-day coping strategies you can start using right away, along with proven-effective self-help techniques that can help you maintain your progress. The book also includes information for family members seeking to understand and support loved ones who suffer from this often baffling and frustrating disorder. Whether you suffer with OCD or a related disorder, such as body dysmorphic disorder or trichotillomania, let this new edition of The OCD Workbook be your guide on the path to recovery.
* Use self-assessment tools to identify your symptoms and their severity
* Create and implement a recovery strategy using cognitive behavioral self-help tools and techniques
* Learn about the most effective medications and medical treatments
* Find the right professional help and access needed support for your recovery
* Maintain your progress and prevent future relapse

25x20cm  331 pages  $39.95  

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts

How to Gain Control of Your OCD

Christine Purdon & David Clark

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is now rated as one of the most common psychological mental disorders. This resource addresses obsessive thoughts as a specific symptom of the disorder, and in addition to self-care strategies, offers information about professional care.

24x16cm  160 pages  $27.95  

Penelope Perfect

Shannon Anderson

"Id never been late for anything. I just knew this would be a bad day." When Penelope oversleeps, her daily routine gets thrown for a loop. From wearing mismatched socks to receiving her first-ever "B," will "Penelope Perfect" survive this imperfect day?
This encouraging story told in cheerful rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counsellors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about overcoming perfectionism and coping when things dont go according to plan.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Take Control of OCD

The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD

Bonnie Zucker

Take Control of OCD is a unique guide just for kids ages 8 14 with obsessive compulsive disorder to help them take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life. Using a cognitive-behavioral therapy method to stress gradual exposure to students' obsessive thinking patterns, the book takes kids step-by-step through a ladder-based process to conquer their fears and demolish their worries.
Focusing on helping kids change their obsessive thoughts, tolerate uncertainty, develop positive self-talk and stress management, advocate for their needs in school, find successful relaxation procedures, and face their fears, the book includes workbook-style pages for kids to complete. By interviewing kids with OCD from across the country, the author offers tons of advice, information, and ideas for students, by students just like them. This handy guidebook is sure to help children with OCD change their behaviors and conquer their worries, discovering a sense of accomplishment and achievement

25x18cm  179 pages  $35.00  

Talking Back to OCD

The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"
Jan 2007

John S March with Christine M Benton

Fourteen-year-old Eric is plagued by thoughts that germs on his hands could be making his family sick. Kelly, age 8, feels distressed if she can't count her pencils in multiples of four. No one wants to get rid of OCD more than they do--that's why Talking Back to OCD puts the power to beat obsessions and compulsions in their hands. This uniquely designed volume is really two books in one. The first portion of each chapter teaches children and adolescents skills they can use to take charge of the illness. Instructions that follow show their parents how to provide encouragement and support. Based on the most effective known treatment for OCD, the book demonstrates ways to "boss back" when OCD butts in, enabling many youngsters and teens to eliminate their symptoms entirely. Early-onset OCD is as common as diabetes; this powerful book will help thousands of young people show this unwelcome visitor to the door.


Ten Turtles on Tuesday

A Story for Children about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Ellen Flanagan Burns

Eleven-year-old Sarah is confused, embarrassed, and frustrated by her need to count things but finally talks with her mother and a therapist, who diagnoses Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and gives Sarah techniques for coping with her symptoms. Includes note to readers.

23x15cm  80 pages  $19.95  

The Thought That Counts

A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ( Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands' Adolescent Mental Health Initiative )

Jared Kant

For the more than 2 million Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the intrusive thoughts and uncontrollable behaviors can take a harsh toll, as author Jared Douglas Kant knows all too well. Diagnosed with OCD at age 11, Jared became ruled by dread of deadly germs and diseases, the unrelenting need to count and check things, and a persistent, nagging doubt that overshadowed his life. In The Thought that Counts, Jared shares his deeply personal account of trial, tribulation, and ultimately triumph. Using anecdotes, narratives and sidebars, this book adds a human face to a complex disorder. Jared's funny, often touching, sometimes harrowing tale makes for compelling reading. Yet his memoir is only half the story. With the help of psychologist Martin Franklin, Ph.D., and veteran science writer Linda Wasmer Andrews, Jared paints the big picture for other teens with OCD. Drawing on the latest scientific and medical evidence, he explains how to recognize warning signs, where to find help, and what treatments have proved effective. Jared also offers practical suggestions on managing the symptoms of OCD at home, at school, and in relationships with family and friends. The result is both an absorbing memoir and a useful guide that will help to ease the isolation caused by OCD, assuring anyone recently diagnosed with the disease that, with commitment and hard work, they can overcome this illness. Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, this volume offers hope to young people who are struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, helping them to overcome the challenges of this illness and go on to lead healthy, productive lives

21x15cm  169 pages  $20.00  

Thought is Just a Thought

Leslie Talley

This is the story of Jenny, who suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It describes how she visits the doctor with her mother, who notices that Jenny is haunted by fears that she tries to keep at bay by tapping the wall with her fingers or by avoiding the white squares of the kitchen's black-and-white-tiled floor. Dr Mike, helps Jenny overcome her fears by showing her how to rethink the "bad thoughts" so that, eventually, she stops dwelling on her fears and realizes that a thought is, after all, just a thought. This is the first book for both children and parents confronting the surprisingly common childhood illness of OCD. It is an excellent resource for parents and for doctors who wish to help children understand their debilitating psychological illness.

18x20cm  32 pages  $18.00  

Touch and Go Joe

An Adolescent's Experience of OCD

Joe Wells & Isobel Heyman

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.

21x14cm  128 pages  $26.95  

What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold

A kids guide to overcoming nail biting and more

Dawn Huebner, Bonnie Matthews

Provides 5 "keys" to help children break free from nail biting, thumb sucking, hair twirling, scab picking, shirt chewing, and more.

28x21cm  71 pages  $29.95  

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck

A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD

Dawn Huebner

Guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.Revealing OCD in a whole new light, this interactive self-help book turns kids into super-sleuths who can recognize OCD's tricks.Engaging examples, activities, and step-by-step instructions help children master the skills needed to break free from the sticky thoughts and urges of OCD, and live happier lives. This is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change.

27x21cm  95 pages  $29.95  

When Perfect Isn't Good Enough

Strategies for coping with perfectionism 2nd ed

Martin M Antony & Richard p Swinson

It's only natural to want to avoid making mistakes, but imperfection is a part of being human. And while perfectionists are often praised for their abilities, being constantly anxious about details can hold you back and keep you from reaching your full potential.
In this fully revised and updated second edition you'll discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes. This guide also includes tips for dealing with other perfectionists and discussions about how perfectionism is linked to worry, depression, anger, social anxiety, and body image. As you complete the exercises in this book, you'll find it easier and easier to keep worries at bay and enjoy life-imperfections and all.

22x15cm  312 pages  $25.95