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Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life

by Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., (262 0pages, paperback), New York: Guilford, 2009

OCD can make you feel alone, misunderstood, and trapped. With Getting Over OCD, all that will change.  Dr. Abramowitz, a world-renowned expert, coaches you through a program that can free you from your struggle with obsessions and compulsions.  He doesn’t soft-pedal the work required—you’re up against a powerful challenger.  But his warm and reassuring voice, coupled with a comprehensive, scientifically proven, step-by-step format, will keep you supported and motivated.


Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach, Workbook

Douglas Woods, Ph.D. & Michael Twohig, Ph.D. (81 pages, paperback), New York: Oxford, 2008.


The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

by Katharine A. Phillips M.D. (Paperback, 357 pages, 1998)  In The Broken Mirror, Dr. Katharine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice and detailed interviews with over 200 patients to bring readers the first book on body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, in which sufferers are obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance. BDD may afflict as much as two percent of the population, or nearly five million people. Many sufferers are able to function well in society, but remain secretly obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance (like their "hideous acne" or "horrible nose"). 


When Once Is Not Enough: Help for Obsessive-Compulsives

by Gail Steketee, Ph.D. & Kerrin White, M.D.  (Paperback, 229 pages, 1990)  Dr. Steketee is a professional friend for whom I have great respect as a clinician and researcher.  Dr. White directs McLean Hospital's OCD Treatment Center, one of the best in the country.  Together they have designed a self-help book that will show you how to confront your fears and block rituals with a series of coping strategies.

Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"

by John S. March, M.D. (Paperback, 276 pages, 2006) There’s good news about recovery from childhood OCD, and it’s called Talking Back to OCD. Dr. March explains with clarity and compassion what parents deserve to hear: They can make a difference in their children’s lives. A highly respected, innovative clinical researcher, he describes each component of recovery in ways that both parents and children will understand and appreciate.


What to Do When your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions

by Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD., (Paperback, 444 pages, 2002)


The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Bruce M. Hyman Ph.D., Cherry Pedrick R.N. (Paperback, 237 pages, 2005)  Research has established that a combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy is the optimal treatment for OCD. My friend Dr. Bruce Hyman and his colleague Cherry Pedrick have created an intensive, self-directed program that teaches a person with OCD how to block or postpone rituals, reduce fears, and change unhealthy thought patterns. Included are self-assessments, ways to enlist the help of family and friends, and approaches to overcoming specific disorders


The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.  (Paperback, 304 pages, 1997)  Up to six million Americans are afflicted with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a serious, emotionally crippling disease. Cleaning, counting, washing, checking, avoiding--these are just some of the rituals that sufferers are powerless to stop. Now an expert on OCD reveals breakthroughs in diagnosis, successful new behavior therapies, drug treatments, and more. HC: Plume.