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Blogs

Overcoming OCD

What it's about

Visit our very own blog right here on the site to get up to date OCD North updates, OCD life-tips, and anecdotes from the mind of our very own Merrisa Bragg. 

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International OCD Foundation

What it's about

The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment through research and training, foster a hopeful and supportive community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them, and fight stigma surrounding mental health issues.

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Taming Olivia

What it's about

"What started as a small blog has grown beyond my wildest dreams and the concept has travelled far and wide - it is now used by mental health professionals internationally and entered into school and houses world-wide. Taming Olivia has also started to enter into realms beyond those of the mental health community and is helping to educate those in the general public who may carry misconceptions about the condition."

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Anxiety & Depression Association of America

What it's about

Founded in 1979, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.

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Podcasts

The OCD Stories

What it's about

The OCD Stories podcast is a show that aims to offer hope and inspiration. Host Stuart Ralph interviews some of the best minds in OCD treatment and recovery to share their advice, to both entertain and educate listeners towards a healthier life. The show was created in 2015. Since that time is has been downloaded over 2 million times globally.

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Fearcast

What it's about

"Welcome to FearCast. This is a home for people suffering with OCD and anxiety spectrum disorders and want to find a way to live better, fuller, and deeper. We can not snap our fingers to get rid of our fear and anxiety, but we can learn better ways to live along with our fear. If you're ready, let's do this together."

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Books For Kids

OCDaniel

By Wesley King

What it's about

From the author of Incredible Space Raiders from Space! comes a brand-new coming-of-age story about a boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder—until he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. [...] With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.

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Kissing Doorknobs

By Terry Spencer Hesser

What it's about

"[...] at the age of 11, it happened. Tara heard the phrase that changed her life: Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Before Tara knew it, she was counting every crack in the sidewalk. Over time, Tara's "quirks" grew and developed: arranging her meals on plates, nonstop prayer rituals, until she developed a new ritual wherin she kissed her fingers and touched doorknobs...."

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The Goldfish Boy

By Lisa Thompson

What it's about

"Lisa Thompson's debut novel is a page-turning mystery with an emotionally-driven, complex character study at its core -- like Rear Window meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."

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Practice Being Brave

By Molly Gambrel

What it's about

"CJ [...] learns she has something called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With the help of Dr. Bree and her parents, CJ begins a journey to understand OCD. She discovers six special tips to help her and other kids like her. Most importantly, CJ must Practice Being Brave to take charge of her thoughts and improve her OCD."

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Mr. Worry

By Holly L. Niner

What it's about

"Kevin can't get to sleep at night until he does many things. He checks under his bed for a light he knows isn't there, and then, a minute later, he checks again. Kevin wants to stop, but the worry thoughts keep coming."

"The artistic portrayals of Kevin's thoughts add whimsy and interest to the story." -School Library Journal

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The Thought That Counts

By Jared Kant, Martin Franklin, & Linda Wasmer Andrews

What it's about

"Diagnosed with OCD at age 11, Jared became ruled by dread of deadly germs and diseases, the unrelenting need to count and check things, and a persistent, nagging doubt that overshadowed his life. In The Thought that Counts, Jared shares his deeply personal account of trial, tribulation, and ultimately triumph. Using anecdotes, narratives and sidebars, this book adds a human face to a complex disorder."

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Being Me With OCD

By Alison Dotson

What it's about

"Part memoir, part self-help for teens, Being Me with OCD tells the story of how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dragged the author to rock bottom—and how she found hope, got help, and eventually climbed back to a fuller, happier life. Using anecdotes, self-reflection, guest essays, and thorough research, Dotson explains what OCD is and how readers with OCD can begin to get better."

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The Ray of Hope

By Ray St. John

What it's about

"Ray decided to write this book to help other teenagers who are suffering from OCD. The book is arranged in a question/answer format to allow teenage readers to quickly locate the parts of the book they find most useful. Ray hopes that what he has written will provide both information and encouragement to his readers so that they, like him, can defeat their OCD and have a great life."

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Mr. Worry

By George Harrar

What it's about

"Devon Brown won't eat in the school caf (a germ swamp). He covers his hands before opening doors, eats things in groups of four (his lucky number), and hangs up his shirts (with all their buttons buttoned) by color. Some kids say Devon's crazy, but he knows better-these are the tricks that keep bad things from happening, and he can't imagine giving them up. Devon calls it 'controlling things.' His doctor calls it obsessive-compulsive disorder."

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Books For Adults

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

By David Adam

What it's about

"David Adam―an editor at Nature and an accomplished science writer―has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences."

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Saving Sammy

By Beth Malone

What it's about

"Driven by her desire to help others, Beth Maloney has infused every page of this triumphant journey with heart and passion. An important story, Saving Sammy is part manifesto, part medical mystery, but is at its heart the empowering and inspiring story of a mother's determination to save her son, take on the medical establishment and win."

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The Man Who Couldn't Stop

By Jeff Bell

What it's about

"Rewind, Replay, Repeat is the revealing story of Jeff Bell's struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and his hard-won recovery. [...] His fascinating memoir recounts the depths to which this debilitating anxiety disorder reduced him--to driving his car in continuous circles, scouring his hands in scalding water, and endlessly rewinding, replaying, and repeating in his head even the most mundane daily experiences."

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When in Doubt, Make Belief

By Jeff Bell

What it's about

"With the help of more than a dozen leading experts, Bell offers readers practical techniques for pushing through the discomfort of uncertainty - whether it stems from OCD or just everyday worries - and demonstrates how a shift from decisions based on fear and doubt to ones based on purpose and service can transform any life."

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