Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

You’re not alone. If you feel a compelling urge to engage in behaviors that are irrational or counterproductive, these resources may be beneficial in helping you overcome them.





Live OCD Free
Pocket Therapist, LLC
Apple App Store ($79.99)

Shown to reduce OCD symptoms by 34% in 8 weeks time and endorsed by world-renowned OCD expert, Dr. Michael Jenike, Live OCD Free is an interactive application designed to guide users through the only evidence-based treatment, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you are struggling with OCD, ERP should be the foundation of your treatment program as research indicates it will significantly reduce symptoms for 80% who engage in this form of treatment. For more information on ERP, please consult the International OCD Foundation website at www.OCFoundation.org.



The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
Bruce M. Hyman PhD LCSW and Cherlene Pedrick RN
ISBN: 978-1572249219

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are that your persistent obsessive thoughts and time-consuming compulsions keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. But when you are in the habit of avoiding the things you fear, the idea of facing them head-on can feel frightening and overwhelming. This book can help.

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.



Life in Rewind: The Story of a Young Courageous Man Who Persevered Over OCD and the Harvard Doctor Who Broke All the Rules to Help Him 
Terry Weible Murphy, Michael A. Jenike and Edward E. Zine
ISBN: 0061561460

This mantra held Ed Zine prisoner in the basement of his father’s Cape Cod home. A handsome, athletic twenty-four-year-old suffering from a debilitating form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, he thought that going forward in time moved him closer to death, and that reversing the action would prevent it. Trapped in a ritualistic nightmare, Zine would spend nearly ten hours a day making the 16,384 precise movements necessary to get from his bed to the bathroom. Then he met Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Michael Jenike. One of the world’s leading OCD physicians, Jenike took on Ed Zine’s seemingly impossible case, breaking medicine’s cardinal rule in the process: he offered the tragically disabled young man not only his professional help…but his friendship and trust, which ultimately led Zine to create his own coping skills to heal himself. Life in Rewind is a miraculous true story of commitment and determination, darkness and hope, love and inspiration.



Rule OCD: 20 Tips To Overcoming OCD 
Wells Baum

This book provides 20 tips and actionable steps to help you better control your OCD. It’s based on the real life experiences of Wells Baum, who discovered he had the disorder at 25 and created his own ways to break free from OCD’s mental prison, including turning bad thoughts into instruments for creativity.


Web Links

About OCD International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD National Institute of Mental Health

Mentalhealth.gov Information from CDC, FindYouthInfo.gov, MedlinePlus, NIH, National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Self Assessments and Quizzes

OCD Screening Quiz Psych Central


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