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10 OCD Self Help Books That Help You Control OCD Like a Pro

As per statistics around 1 in 40 adults in America is suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is one of the most disabling diseases worldwide. People take medication, CBT and other forms of psychotherapy to control this disease. Here self-control or self-care also plays a great role in controlling OCD. Several books have been written on self-help for OCD. Here we list the most important books on obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Best Books on OCD

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

The OCD Workbook is an ideal reference guide for patients as well as those suffering from this disease. So, if you are also someone who is not able to enjoy life to the fullest due to OCD then this book seems to have been exclusively written for you.

With tested techniques to treat this disorder, this book has the potential to unveil as a no-nonsense guide for anyone who wants to control this disease on his own. Written in an easy-to-understand manner this book is not only limited to guiding patients and clinicians but also the family members of sufferers.

The book starts by giving you a perspective on OCD. Here it defines OCD, its causes & symptoms and the treatment options available. In later parts, it discusses several self-directed programs. The book also covers cooccurring disorders.

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy

In this book, the author duo suggests ways to fight OCD through mindfulness. The book helps you understand the mind and its relations with compulsions.

The next part of this book discusses CBT for different types of obsessions. Here it discusses contamination, checking, harm, sexual obsession, and Pedophile OCD among the others.

In the third and last part, the book educates you on how to practice mindfulness and stay on track.

Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Leslie J. Shapiro

This book by the renowned therapist takes you through the practical ways to overcome this disorder. Before you reach the content page you will find a note that reads that the book is a compilation of lessons learned from patients. Needless to say, Understanding OCD is replete with various practical lessons.

The first part of the book tries to understand the brain, rituals and obsessive conscience. The second part of the book unveils lessons on scrupulosity, moralosity and obsessive guilt. The third part of the book is related to taking control and helpful treatment augmentation. The book is divided into four parts and twelve chapters.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with OCD by Cheryl Carmin

OCD is one of the most common mental disorders affecting Americans. The author Cheryl Carmin has great knowledge, skill and experience in dealing with this disease.  As she has practical experience due to her past engagements, she shares the same with sufferers. Various OCD sufferers have found respite by studying this book. It’s an essential guide for anyone who wants to control the disability on his own.

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

One of the most popular books on self-help for OCD, Getting Over OCD by Jonathan Abramowit is written in a workbook style that makes it interactive. The book has several lessons and actionable strategies. Honestly working on these strategies will help you get back to normal. So, if you are also suffering from this OCD, this book must be on your book self.

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Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts by Martin N. Seif and Sally M. Winston

When OCD is disabling you then it takes two renowned experts to come together and write a book. It is exactly what author duo Sally M. Winston and Martin N. Seif have done in their book. The book illustrates a very powerful point when it says that you are not just your thoughts. By reading this book. you will know the several techniques of CBT that will help you get rid of obsessions, compulsions and guilt that come with it.
You might be worried that negative thoughts that are coming to your mind might become reality someday. But by reading this book you will know that these are just thoughts with nothing to do with reality.
Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts deals with unwanted and intrusive thoughts that come to your mind and how CBT can help you cope and get past of it.

Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson

Edna B. Foa has been a professor of psychiatry and has a wealth of experience from his past assignments. The author has treated countless patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, so when she says something about OCD you should listen to it with rapt attention.
The book is written with several step-by-step chapters on how to tackle OCD.  You will find chapters on how to get rid of obsessions and compulsions.

The book is not just limited to preaching but it extends to actionable routines. Several charts and guides are given in this book to track progress. You will also find questionnaires and self-evaluations.

It is one of the go-to resources for OCD. It is written with an intention to help you control unfounded obsessions, compulsions, and rituals and become productive once again. So, if you follow the suggestion given in the book, you will have better control over OCD.

The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD: Lean into Your Fear, Manage Difficult Emotions, and Focus On Recovery by Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

Apart from the obsession, compulsion, and rituals OCD brings with it shame, panic and guilt that further worsen the situation. There is a stigma attached to it. What makes this book different is its compassionate approach? The author believes that those suffering from OCD should be treated with compassion and kindness. Any kind of harsh judgment from the sufferer or those around him can make it further complicated.

The book is written in a way that invites the sufferer to participate in its various actionable workbooks that can help manage OCD better. It combines CBT as well as ERP techniques to help manage the compulsive emotions that are part of OCD.

The book has a compassionate approach to help you stand out in the crowd as it is least addressed.

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The Man Who Couldn't Stop: The Truth About OCD by David Adam

The man who couldn’t stop has been a US-time bestseller. The book that deals with obsessive and compulsive disorder have several practical suggestions that helps you handle this disease that comes with shame and guilt. David Adam has himself suffered from this illness so this book couldn’t be far from authentic.

Although not written in the form of a personal account the book has a distinct personal touch that keeps you engaged throughout.

David Adam narrates the story of his OCD. How it developed as fear of contracting AIDS and soon became an obsession. He feared that everything he uses can get them the deadly disease.

The book is replete with real-life examples and case studies that make it an interesting read.

Everyday Mindfulness for OCD: Tips, Tricks, and Skills for Living Joyfully by Jon Hershfield MFT and Shala Nicely LPC

OCD brings obsession, compulsion and an urge to comply with rituals. The author duo suggests how this disabling situation can be handled with mindfulness, compassion and conscience. Things start falling in line when you mindfully think about what is rational and irrational. As per the author being diagnosed with OCD is not the end of life as you can lead a normal and fulfilling life.

The book suggests ways to lead a normal life despite OCD and how mindfulness can help tame this disability. You will find several tips, tricks, and exercises as you delve deep into this book.

Managing OCD is difficult but it is not impossible if you follow the suggestions given in this book.

When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jon Hershfield MFT

The effects of OCD are not just limited to sufferers but family members also get affected. So, while designing a treatment regimen focus should also be on family members. Jon Hershfield MFT pays great attention to this least addressed aspect of OCD treatment.

The author who has worked as the director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore has given several practical lessons in this book that helps patients as well as their attendants.
The author has written extensively on how to use CBT and mindfulness techniques for maximum benefits. But it is how family members should interact with the patients that is the essence of this book. 

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