OCD Books

The following books are recommended for those who suffer from OCD and other anxiety disorders or for family and friends of those suffering. You may purchase these books at your local bookseller, or click on the links below to purchase them from Amazon.com.1

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Adults

Stopping the Noise In Your Head Stopping the Noise in Your Head

Reid Wilson

Of course, worry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety—which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement. In his fifth published book, Dr. Reid Wilson proposes a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on a range of sources—from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali—Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives.

Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions

Lee Baer, Ph.D.

Gives readers the tools to assess their own symptoms, set goals, and create therapeutic programs for themselves. He also helps readers differentiate between OCD and other psychological illnesses such as depression

Getting Over OCD The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT

I recently finished reading the book “The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD” by Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT and I have to say I was quite impressed and have already started using many of their ideas with my current OCD clients (as well as clients with other kinds of anxiety disorders besides OCD!). Both authors clearly have a wealth of experience working with OCD and share a number of useful ideas, tips, and techniques in their book.

Essentially, mindfulness is moment to moment nonjudgmental awareness of what is happening in your mind. When you start paying attention to what your mind is actually doing, it is really quite surprising how little of the time we really are present. So often we get lost in our thoughts, react to them without thinking, and get caught up in our thought streams which can take us into some very dark and scary places which are very far from the present moment. And this entire process takes place without us being aware that it is happening – we may not be aware that we have a choice to not pay attention to our thoughts and see then for what they are as just “thoughts” and simply not respond. As one develops the ability to be more mindful it is possible to notice these things happening and the very noticing then gives us the possibility of making a different choice. If, after touching a doorknob, I suddenly feel the urge to rush to the bathroom and wash the germs off my hands, I can mindfully be aware that I’m having thoughts about my hands being contaminated but also since I am now more aware I can make a choice to either do what I’ve always done, rush to wash my hands, or I can make a choice in the moment to stay with the discomfort and see what happens. Mindfulness allows me to be aware of the “automatic pilot” and to disengage from what may have become long-standing habits of responding to discomfort by seeking immediate relief. The authors also certainly incorporate more traditional Cognitive Behavioral Treatment approaches such as Exposure and Response Prevention and cognitive restructuring, but they add to our clinical repertoire these new techniques derived from mindfulness which I think only serve to enhance the effectiveness of these more traditional approaches.

The book begins with several chapters on mindfulness, followed by a very useful chapter entitled “Acceptance, Assessment, Action”, then there are nine chapters on applying their particular techniques to specific kinds of OCD, and finally a few chapters at the end on maintaining your progress and preventing relapse. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is suffering from any form of OCD, and, in fact, anyone suffering from other types of anxiety as well.

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

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D.

Provides the information, support, and practical tools you need to:

  • Understand your obsessions, compulsions, and rituals
  • Develop a customized action plan
  • Take gradual steps to safely confront–and master–the situations you avoid
  • Find relief from intrusive thoughts, no matter how distressing
  • Overcome compulsion urges
  • Reduce anxiety and improve your relationships

Based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for OCD which is also used by the Anxiety and Panic Treatment Center, the workbook’s carefully sequenced exercises are illustrated with detailed examples.

OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Michael Tomkins, PhD and Jeff Bell

Helps readers understand how OCD works so they can develop better strategies for coping with their symptoms. This pocket guide offers guidance for coping with the diagnosis itself, discusses stigmas related to OCD, and includes help for readers unsure of who they should tell about the diagnosis. Readers also learn about the most effective treatment approaches and easy ways to begin to manage their OCD symptoms.

Coping with OCD Coping with OCD

Bruce Hyman, Ph.D., LCSW and Troy DuFrene

Offers a simple and engaging program that can help anyone with mild to moderate OCD get started on the road to recovery. This book begins with a crash course on what OCD is-and what it is not. You’ll learn a proven, three-part program for recovery that uses safe and gradual exposure to distressing thoughts and situations, mindfulness practice, and techniques to restructure thinking. Additional chapters address how families can help, dealing with shame and blame, depression, and maintaining progress. The book also includes a helpful list of resources for further reading and additional support.

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

Bruce Hyman, Ph.D. and Cherlene Pedrick, RN

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, this workbook will help guide you on the path to recovery.


Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D.

Helps sufferers make sense of their own compulsions through frank, unflinching self-evaluation-providing the tools, instructions, and knowledge for changing their cycles of overwhelming fear and endless rituals, as well as the courage to do it

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD

Christine Purdon, Ph.D. & David A. Clark, Ph.D.

The goal of this book is to help people understand the impact of their control efforts on their obsessional thoughts. It works to help them recognize that thoughts, in themselves, are not threatening, dangerous, or harmful. Rather, it is the compulsive strategies they develop for coping that make the thoughts seem so harmful. The book offers safe and effective exposure exercises readers can use to limit the effect obsessive thoughts have on their lives. In addition to self-care strategies, the book includes information about choosing and making the most of professional care.

The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts

Lee Baer, Ph.D.

Explores the root causes of intrusive thoughts, why they can spiral out of control, and how to recognize the crucial difference between harmless and dangerous intrusive thoughts


Loving Someone with OCD

Karen J. Landsman, Kathleen M. Rupertus, and Cherry Pedrick

Contains basic information about OCD—its definition, cause, and symptoms—and a brief overview of treatments available for the disorder. After these introductory sections, the book focuses on ways readers can foster a healthy relationship with someone with OCD. It includes tips for increasing family involvement, making accommodation for the disorder in daily life, and creating an action plan for change using family contracts. The book also covers relational topics such as parenting and marriage, self-care, and support networking. Throughout, the book illustrates important points with the real-life stories of families living with OCD.

Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions

Edna Foa, Ph.D. and Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Drs. Foa and Wilson, internationally renowned authorities on the treatment of anxiety disorders, share their scientifically based and clinically proven self-help program that has already allowed thousands of men and women with OCD to enjoy a life free from excessive worries and rituals.

Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals

Ian Osborn, M.D.

Ian Osborn, M.D., a specialist in OCD and a sufferer himself, reveals recent discoveries about OCD as a biological disorder–a physical, not a psychological abnormality–and the exciting new therapies that have dramatically changed the future for OCD sufferers.

The Doubting Disease: Help for Scrupulosity and Religious Compulsions The Doubting Disease: Help for Scrupulosity and Religious Compulsions

Joseph W. Ciarrocchi

Comprehensive information on religion and scruples, scrupulosity, and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD). Joseph W. Ciarrocchi helps us clearly appreciate the interior anguish suffered by thousands of people of faith who have this symptomatology and what we can do about it.

Overcoming Compulsive Washing Overcoming Compulsive Washing: Free Your Mind from OCD

Paul Munford

Readers who feel a compulsion to wash and clean will learn powerful, effective strategies to control these behaviors.

Overcoming Compulsive Checking Overcoming Compulsive Checking: Free Your Mind from OCD

Paul Munford

If you struggle with compulsive checking, one of the most common types of obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know some things all too well: the pain and frustration of feeling irresponsible and careless, the anxiety caused by the fear that you might hurt or offend someone and by living with the worry of criticism. But what you may not know is that there are things you can do—by yourself, at any time—to start feeling better. Most books on OCD focus on many types of this complex group of disorders. This book offers a program designed with you in mind, focusing just on your problem with checking.

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding

Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Budrick and Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias

Provides an overview of compulsive hoarding and how it relates to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It discusses hoarding broadly, offering readers perspectives on the physical, behavioral, and value-oriented aspects of the condition. You can use its assessment tools to help decide why you or your loved one hoards. Skill-building exercises help you determine how to beat the hoarding problem by addressing issues that often underlie compulsive saving.

Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Workbook (Treatments That Work)

Gail Steketee and Randy Frost

Teaches people how to minimize the negative effect clutter has on their lives, as well as the lives of those close to them. Using effective and practical techniques and skills, this program helps people get used to the idea of sorting, organizing, and gradually removing their unwanted possessions. People who hoard tend to overvalue the importance of the things they own and keep. This book will also help people to recognize errors in their thinking and modify their thoughts and beliefs to more accurately reflect the value of their belongings. Worksheets for developing a personal organization plan and determining categories for filing are also included in this interactive, easy-to-use workbook.

OCD in Children

Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Treatment

Aureen Wagner

Helps parents and professionals explain Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to children clearly and simply through the eyes of a child. Children will identify with Casey’s initial struggle with OCD, his sense of hope when he learns about treatment, his relief that neither he nor his parents are to blame, and eventually, his victory over OCD.

What to do When Your Child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder What to do When Your Child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.

Brings you the latest scientific advances in the treatment of OCD along with her many years of experience in treating children and teenagers. Using the metaphor of the Worry Hill, for which she has received international recognition, she presents a powerful step-by-step approach that countless children have used successfully to regain control from OCD. She provides parents and children with the blue print to take charge of and master OCD.

Helping Your Child with OCD: A Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Helping Your Child with OCD: A Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Lee Fitzgibbons and Cherry Pedrick

The only workbook for parents of children with OCD that offers effective treatment methods that work in everyday situations


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