Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) books & resources

The following is a list of recommended books and resources about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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Title & Author
Description
Year
Location(s) available

Coping with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: A Step-by-Step Guide Using the Latest CBT Techniques

By Jan Van Niekerk

Year: 2009

2009

Location

CCL

SL

Brain Lock: free yourself from obsessive compulsive behavior

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Year: 2000

Subject: CBT-based

In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it’s now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world. Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the brain’s chemistry, this method doesn’t rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead, patients use cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. In essence, they use the mind to fix the brain. Using the real-life stories of actual patients, Brain Lock explains this revolutionary method and provides readers with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain control of their lives.

2000

Location

MHERC

SL

Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions: a self-help manual

By Frank Tallis

Year: 1992

Subject: Self help. Covers compulsive washing, thoughts, worry, hoarding, and obsessional personality and depression

This guide is by the author of “How to Stop Worrying”. People suffering from some degree of obsessive compulsive disorder may be embarrassed by their symptoms and not present themselves for treatment. This book, therefore, attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to self-help, explaining the principles of anxiety reduction, giving treatment instructions in easy-to-understand language. It covers compulsive checking, washing, hoarding, obsessional thoughts and worry, obsessional personality and depression.

1992

Location

MHERC

SL

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By David Veale

Year: 2005

Subject: Self help

Are you plagued by a recurring thought or idea that just won’t go away, feel the need to wash your hands repeatedly, to hoard things, or to repeatedly check that all appliances in the house have been turned off before you leave? These are just some of the common symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (or OCD), a condition that that causes distress to hundreds of thousands of people. Cognitive behavorial therapy has been clinically proven to significantly reduce these and other symptoms in the majority of cases. With this step by step approach you can learn how to break free from the destructive cycle of obsessive behavior and regain control of your life.

2005

Location

CCL

SL

Break Free From OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT

By Fiona Challacombe

Year: 2011

Subject: CBT-based

This practical guide, written by three leading cognitive behavioural therapy experts, enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a simple plan to help you conquer OCD. This title includes: detailed information on the many different manifestations of OCD; the differences between normal and obsessive worries; clear information on treating your individual problem; real-life case studies and examples; and, advice and support for friends and family of OCD sufferers.

2011

Location

CCL

SL