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Books For OCD Self-Help

The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing, Judith Rapoport, M.D., Penguin Books, New York. 1989. This is the first notable book ever written for people with OCD, and is available in paperback.


Funny You Don't Look Crazy, Constance H. Foster, Dilligaf Publishing, Ellsworth, Maine, 1993.


Getting Control (revised edition), Lee Baer, Ph.D., Plume., New York. 2001. A self-help guide. Available in paperback.


The Imp of the Mind, Lee Baer, Ph.D., Dutton, New York, 2001. A book focusing on obsessive morbid thoughts.


Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous (2nd Ed.), Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous, New Hyde Park, New York, 1999. The original guide for those interested in the 12-Step approach. Available in paperback. Can be purchased through OCA.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well, Fred Penzel, Ph.D., Oxford University Press, New York, 2000. The largest and most complete book on self-help for OCD, BDD, Trichotillomania, Compulsive Skin Picking, and Compulsive Nail Biting. Available in hardcover.


The OCD Workbook (3rd ed.), Bruce Hyman, Ph.D. and Cherry Pedrick, R.N., New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland, California, 2010. A wide-ranging self-help manual for OCD sufferers.


Stop Me Because I Can't Stop Myself: Taking Control of Impulsive Behavior, Jon E. Grant, J.D., M.D., and S.W. Kim, M.D., Mc Graw-Hill, 2004. A compehensive informational work on impulse control disorders.


Stop Obsessing (revised edition), Edna B. Foa, Ph.D., and Reid Wilson, Ph.D., Bantam Doubleday Dell Publications, New York. 2001. A self-help guide. Available in paperback.


Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals, Ian Osborn, M.D., Pantheon Books, New York. 1998. A self-help guide. Available in paperback.


When Once Is Not Enough, Gail Steketee, Ph.D., and Kenin White, M.D., New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, California. 1990. A self-help guide. Available in paperback.


When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, Martin M. Anthony, Ph.D.. and Richard P Swinson, M.D., New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA, 1998. A self-help manual to aid in overcoming perfectionism. Available in paperback.



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