No one wants to get rid of obsessive-compulsive disorder more than someone who has it. That's why Talking Back to OCD puts kids and teens in charge. Dr. John March's eight-step program has already helped thousands of young people show the disorder that it doesn't call the shots--they do. This uniquely designed volume is really two books in one. Each chapter begins with a section that helps young readers zero in on specific problems and develop skills they can use to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions. Dr. March demonstrates how to:
*Create a nickname for the illness to remember that OCD isn't you
*Make a symptom chart so you can plan when and where to start talking back
*Break the disorder's rules about the rituals
The pages that follow the instructions for kids and teens show their parents how to be supportive without getting in the way, including tips for:
*Separating the OCD from your son or daughter
*Asking your child's permission to stop helping with rituals
*Offering praise without imposing expectations
After just a few months' practice, your family will get back to spending time on things that matter, instead of following pointless orders from the illness. The next time OCD butts in, you'll be prepared to boss back--and show an unwelcome visitor to the door.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
John S. March, MD, is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. A widely published author of books for professionals, including OCD in Children and Adolescents, his research defines the state of the art for treatment of young people with OCD and other anxiety and mood disorders. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. March is active in the teaching and training of mental health professionals. Recently, he served as one of the principal investigators of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded project that compared ways to help kids and teens beat OCD. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.
Introduction I. Up Close But Not So Personal: A New Look at OCD for Parents (and Kids) 1. What Is OCD? 2. What Does OCD Look Like? 3. What Causes OCD? 4. How Is OCD Treated? II. Eight Steps for Getting Rid of Obsessions and Compulsions 5. Step 1: What Kind of Treatment Is This, Anyway? Step 1: Instructions for Parents 6. Step 2: Talking Back to OCD Step 2: Instructions for Parents 7. Step 3: Making a Map Step 3: Instructions for Parents 8. Step 4: Finishing My Toolkit Step 4: Instructions for Parents 9. Step 5: Beginning to Resist Step 5: Instructions for Parents 10. Step 6: I'm in Charge Now Step 6: Instructions for Parents 11. Step 7: Eliminating OCD Everywhere Step 7: Instructions for Parents 12. Step 8: Keeping OCD Away for Good Step 8: Instructions for Parents Summaries of the Steps How to Find a Therapist Resources Appendix: Scales, Checklists, and Other Forms