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Social Distancing Reading List: OCD Edition

Are you finding social distancing and isolation difficult?  Designed to challenge and engage readers, these books should curb the boredom.  We’ve included a star rating next to each title (from Goodreads.com) and a short description.

We’ve listed titles for the entire family.  Which will you be enjoying? 

Children

OCDaniel By Wesley King (4.16 stars) 

This book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.  

Kissing Doorknobs By Terry Spencer Hesser (3.89 stars) 

Tara lives in terror that something terrible could happen to her mother.  Her OCD grows and develops until … 

The Goldfish Boy By Lisa Thompson (4.10 stars) 

When a young boy with severe OCD is suddenly the center of a mystery, he may have to step outside his comfort zone.   

Practice Being Brave:  Owning My OCD By Molly Gambrel (4.5 stars)

CJ finds help to fight her uneasy thoughts and take charge with some very special tips.  

Mr. Worry:  A Story About OCD By Holly L. Niner (4.14 stars) 

Kevin experiences worry thoughts that keep him up at night until he does many things.  

Adolescents

The Thought That Counts:  A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  By:  Jaren Kant (3.78 stars) 

Part memoir and part self-help book, the author explains how to recognize symptoms of OCD and offers practical advice to teens. 

Being me with OCD:  How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live my Life.  By:  Alison Dotson (3.81 stars) 

Explaining what OCD is in a teen- approachable manner, the author explains (with humor) how to get help.  

The Ray of Hope:  A Teenager’s Fight Against Obsessive Compulsive Disorder By: Ray St. John (2 stars)

Following the life of a 17-year-old with OCD, Ray learns how to overcome OCD in a question and answer format.  Written to help teens quickly locate parts of the text that are most useful.   

Not as Crazy as I Seem  By:  George Harrar (3.57 stars)

Devon calls his behaviours “controlling things”.  His doctor calls it obsessive – compulsive disorder.  Follow Devon’s journey as he confronts fear.  

I hardly Ever Wash My Hands:  The Other Side of OCD By: J.J. Keeler (3.92 Stars) 

Living with OCD is not for sissies.  

Adults

Saving Sammy:  Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD By:  Beth Alison Maloney (4.33 stars)

A mother’s journey to help her son overcome OCD. 

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop By:  David Adam (3.85 stars)

Using humor, the author explores intrusive thoughts, imploring us to examine what is normal. 

Rewind Replay Repeat:  A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder By Jeff Bell (3.74 Stars) 

A husband, father, and successful news anchor recounts his life with OCD and how he overcame fear. 

When in Doubt, Make Belief:  An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty By Jeff Bell (3.87 stars)

In this follow-up to Rewind Replay Repeat, Jeff Bell travels the country talking about doubt, offering readers practical advice on dealing with doubt and uncertainty.