Excellent books for both children and parents to help understand and cope with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

There are several excellent books for both children and parents to help them understand and cope with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Here are some recommendations:

For Children:

“What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD” by Dawn Huebner: This book is written specifically for children and uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to explain OCD and provide practical strategies to manage it.

“Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment” by Aureen Pinto Wagner: This book is a great resource for kids with OCD and helps them understand the disorder through the story of a young boy named Casey.

“Don’t Feed the WorryBug” by Andi Green: While not specifically about OCD, this book is suitable for children who struggle with worry or anxiety, which often accompanies OCD. It provides a creative and accessible way for kids to understand and manage their worries.

For Parents:

“Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents” by Tamar E. Chansky: This book offers parents a comprehensive guide on how to help their children manage OCD. It provides insights into the disorder, practical advice, and effective strategies.

“The OCD Workbook for Parents: A Guide to Helping Your Child Manage Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” by Anthony C. Puliafico and Joanna A. Robin: This workbook is designed for parents and offers step-by-step guidance to support children with OCD, including practical exercises and techniques.

“Parenting OCD: Down to Earth Advice From One Parent to Another” by Claire Sanders: This book provides a personal perspective on parenting a child with OCD. It offers insights, support, and practical advice from a parent who has been through the journey.

“Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD” by David A. Clark and Christine Purdon: While not specifically for parents, this book can help adults better understand OCD and how to help their children. It provides insights into the nature of obsessive thoughts and strategies for managing them.

These books can be valuable resources for both children and parents dealing with OCD. Remember to consider the age and reading level of the child when selecting a book for them, and seek professional guidance as needed.



Sue Atkins recommends : 

This story guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Revealing OCD in a whole new light, this interactive self-help book turns kids into super-sleuths who can recognize OCD’s tricks. Engaging examples, activities, and step-by-step instructions help children master the skills needed to break free from the sticky thoughts and urges of OCD, and live happier lives. This is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change.

About the Author

Dawn Huebner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and their parents.


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