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Talking Back to OCD

The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" - and Parents Say "Way to Go"

By John S. March, Christine M. Benton

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Format: Paperback, 276 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United States, 19 January 2007
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

Table of Contents

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


About the Author

John S. March, MD, is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Recently, he served as one of the principal investigators of a National Institute of Mental Health--funded project that compared cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication, and a combination of the two for helping kids and teens beat OCD. 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. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.


'Dr. March is a world expert on helping young people recover from OCD. In this much-needed book, he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience with parents and children. Full of practical tips and examples for families, the book helps the child take charge while showing parents how to support the recovery process. Dr. March tackles the bewilderment and isolation felt by so many families, highlighting the fact that OCD is nobody's fault and emphasizing that recovery is possible. I am looking forward to using this accessible book with the families I treat.' - Isobel Heyman, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, OCD Clinic for Young People, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK 'An excellent example of how research findings and first-rate clinical applications can be conveyed in an extremely reader-friendly fashion. The book, which provides sage guidance for both parents and youth, is highly informed and well written. Dr. March has succeeded in providing a valuable resource and clinical tool.' - Philip C. Kendall, PhD, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University, USA 'As a mother of a son with OCD and President of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, I highly recommend this book for parents and their children with mild to moderate OCD. Dr. March provides detailed steps that can empower a young person to battle obsessive/n-/compulsive disorder. The strong personal vignettes will help parents finally begin to understand the obsessions and compulsions that drive their child or teen to perform exhausting rituals.' - Joy Kant 'The book is well written, well researched and simply laid out, and the author's passion for 'bossing back' OCD is evident throughout... It provides a major boost to our understanding of this condition and the importance of early intervention.' - Mike Lehane, Nursing Standard

EAN: 9781593853556
ISBN: 1593853556
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Dimensions: 25.22 x 17.73 x 1.98 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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My 8 year old daughter suffers from OCD, and we have found this book invaluable. We live in an area where there aren't many mental health services available, and we've learnt a lot about this condition, what to look for and how to deal with OCD. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who suffers from, or knows someone who suffers from this condition.

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