Anxiety and OCD Books

Book reviews of my recommendations for useful books for anxiety and OCD in children

When my daughter diagnosed herself with OCD, I had a lot to learn. We have tried a number of books and therapies. It will be a life long issue but the strategies in these books below are very useful, not only for OCD but also for anxiety and over anxious feeligs.

Talking Back to OCD Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"
By John S. March

A more generalized discussion of treating OCD rituals with cognitive therapy is presented in this book for parents of children with OCD. Starting with a descriptive overview of OCD, it proceeds through identifying and mapping OCD instances, preparing a "tool kit", through resisting and overcoming OCD in a variety of situations, including school.
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Freeing your child from anxiety Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries, and Phobias
By Tamar Chansky Ph.D.

An easy to understand guide to helping your child who worries excessively or exhibits phobias. Good advice on working with your child; covers types of problems you might encounter and how to address them. Shows how you can teach your child to cope with their anxious feelings in a supportive but firm manner.
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Free from OCD workbook Free from OCD: A Workbook for Teens with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
By Timothy A. Sisemore

This is a very useful workbook for your middle school age, teen or young adult who wishes to work on getting free of OCD thoughts and actions. You can work on it together or they can do it alone. It takes them through cognitive therapy theory to understand how to stop and then eliminate obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Step by step it provides a workbook to try out different methods of liberating themselves from the OCD cycle. One of the great features of the book is that it is very personalized, with plenty of fill in the blanks. It also has good examples to bring the lessons home. Highly recommended.
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What to Do OCD What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions
By Aureen Pinto Wagner

A great overview of how the OCD cycle works, with guidance on ways to break the cycle. Goes into depth of the cycle, understanding types of feelings, resisting pressure, and eventually working free of symptoms. Provides very helpful explanations and illustrations for parents working with their children. One feature is that it explains issues in simple concepts, and is easy to read and grasp the main (and powerful) ideas.
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 Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents
By Tamar E. Chansky

A parent guide to diagnoses, treatment options and management of OCD in children and teens.
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