If you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or have a friend/relative that is battling OCD, then you are here because you’re looking for some help, answers, empathy, comfort and more. The below list of books are highly recommended reads by the Massive Phobia Staff and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
10) Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts – This book is a solid practical guide for anyone looking to recover from obsessive compulsive disorder. The authors, Purdon and Clark, have done an excellent job at simplifying the cognitive behavioral approach to dealing with obsessions, without trivializing OCD. While it doesn’t deal specifically with all categories of obsessional thought, it creates useful activities and advice for dealing with OCD.
9) Loving Someone with OCD – An excellent book for most families and friends don’t know what to do when it comes to loving someone with OCD. This book gives you clear guidelines in how to assist your loved one in recovery. Also, if you have OCD, we recommend you read it as well, to see how OCD may affect others. This way, both sides can understand each other better which will lead to a team effort all around.
8) Stop Obsessing! – This book is going to challenge you big time. The message is, to get better, you have to allow yourself to feel miserable. The author wants you to be exposed rather than avoid your obsessive thoughts and habits. This book isn’t trying to make you feel better, it’s here to make you recognize that acting out in compulsive ways only ever makes you feel better temporarily, and true relief only comes at the end of a very hard journey. Sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it?
7) Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – This book follows three general principles. (1) Learning to live with uncertainty (2) Exposure (3) Response prevention. There are many exercises in this book so we recommend you buy a copy over taking it from the library. It provides knowledge and background to the disorder plus step by step for recovery. Solid and intense read.
6) The Imp of the Mind – It’s a thorough book on ‘bad thoughts’ with an emphasis on Obsessive Compulsive behavior. The book explains very clearly and simply what causes obsessions, what they tend to look and feel like, when to worry about them, and how they can be managed.
5) Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – A fully comprehensive read that takes you from learning about and diagnosing your child’s OCD, to the different medications, to ERP therapy, the role of the parent, and even advice for frustrated siblings. With tons of examples and anecdotes, this book is a terrific read for the family life of those with OCD.
4) The OCD Workbook – This book has plenty of assessments and tools for OCD. There are activities to try and measure your OCD problems and self-treat it as well. It’s exactly what it says it is, a very useful workbook.
3) Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts – If you want a very readable book that also has a funny writing style here and there, then this one is for you. The advice was practical, realistic, and relevant, without preaching to you. Refreshing.
2) The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD – Mindfulness is all the rage these days and here’s a book on it for OCD. It’s actually a fascinating book, and if you’re looking for different, then this is the way to go. The book teaches you how to be “mindful,” so that you can see things as they actually are instead of only what you fear they could be. The book teaches you how acceptance of your thoughts and feelings can strengthen your ability to resist your OCD compulsions.
1) Brain Lock – This book is considered a mainstay on everyone’s lists, so we kept it here as well. Our one knock is that it didn’t have to be as long and it felt like they were getting wordy to fill up the pages. However, it’s a solid base, and it should be read. The book is mainly centered around a four-step plan wherein a person with symptoms relabels, re-attributes, refocuses, and revalues their symptoms on their own so that they can slowly start to resist their obsessions and compulsions. You might find it repetitive if you’ve read other books on OCD, but if this is your first one, it’s more than a solid start to your collection.
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