If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you may feel you are the only person facing the difficulties of this illness. But you are not alone. In the United States, 1 in 50 adults currently has OCD, and twice that many have had it at some point in their lives. Fortunately, very effective treatments for OCD are now available to help you regain a more satisfying life. Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about OCD.
Most of the following materials are available from the OC Foundation.
The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing. Rapoport J. Penguin Books, 1991.
Brain Lock. Schwartz J. Harper Collins, 1996.
The Doubting Disease. Ciarrocchi J. Paulist Press, 1995.
Getting Control. Baer L. Little, Brown, and Company, 1991.
How I Ran OCD Off My Land: A Guide to Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. March J, Mulle K. Guilford Press, in press. Available in prepublication format from the OC Foundation.
Learning to Live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, 4th Edition. VanNoppen B, Pato M, Rasmussen S. Milford, 1997.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Guide, 2nd Edition. Greist J. Obsessive Compulsive Information Center, 1994.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Johnston HF. Obsessive-Compulsive Information Center, 1993.
Over and Over Again: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, 2nd Edition. Neziroglu F, Yaryura-Tobias JA. Lexington Books, 1995.
Stop Obsessing! Foa E, Wilson R. Bantam, 1991.
The Touching Tree: A Video About a Young Child with OCD. Callner J. Available through the OC Foundation.
When Once Is Not Enough: Help for Obsessive-Compulsives. Steketee G, White K. Harbinger Publications, 1990.