OCD Resources

THE organization that has the most resources and does the most support and advocacy is the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Intensive Training

Some who have received ERP from competent therapists, as well as sufficient trials of different medications have not adequately responded to their treatment.  There are Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs), which meet several times a week for several hours at a time, lasting from one week to several months.  There are Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) that meet four to six days a week for six or more hours a day.  There are several Residential Programs, which means that you reside at the facility where you are receiving treatment.  These programs run from about 30 to 90 days.  There are some specialized Inpatient psychiatric treatment units for those with OCD.   For state-by-state listings of these programs, go to http://ocfoundation.org/ITP.aspx.

Psychologist Reid Wilson, PhD also has two-day intensive programs (www.anxieties.com) which might be a more affordable and doable program for many.  I know one person who benefited greatly.

Support Groups

There is a West side OCD Support Group.  Go to www.meetup.com/OCD-Life-OCD-and-Anxiety-Group.  The OCD Foundation has a comprehensive state by state list.  The OCD Foundation also has a list of online and phone support groups.  One I suggest checking out is OCD-Support.

Online Resources

www.theocdstories.com  Stuart has interviewed over thirty folks recovering from OCD.  Audio files at iTunes.

An excellent ABC Special shows several teens receiving CBT, including ERP can be seen at www.abcn.ws/1l9n74J

Lots of excellent information on OCD, support groups, treatment programs and providers, OCD news, and information about the Foundation functions.

NIMH pages are scientifically solid.  Not only are there good overviews, but this is a good place to keep up on OCD research.

Web home for Fred Penzel, PhD.  Some excellent articles by Dr. Penzel and his colleagues.  I also like his OCD quotes - check them out.

A plethora of links of all things OCD.  In addition to treatment information, there is also related OCD TV, movies, and humor.

Selected Books

For adults:

Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty.  Jonathan Grayson   Perhaps THE best self-help book.  Revised in 2014

Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts  by Sally Winston & Martin Seif  BEST book on this topic.

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Jon Herschfield and Tom Corboy  Another Great resource.

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  Bruce M.
Hyman PhD. and Cherry Pedrick

Stop Obsessing.  Edna Foa, PhD and Reid Wilson, PhD

For Children and Adolescents:

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck.  Dawn Huebner, PhD   GREAT book written for kids, explaining OCD and CBT in a way that kids can understand.

A Thought Is Just a Thought. A story of living with OCD.  Leslie Talley.  Check it out if you have a child with "bad thoughts."

Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life.  Alison Dotson.  A GREAT book for teens and young adults.

For Families:

When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Jon Herschfield

Loving Someone with OCD. Help for You & Your Family.
  Karen Landesman, Kathleen Rupertus, and Cherry Pedrick   OCD often has devastating effects on marriages and families.  This is a very practical resource explaining how this happens and healthier ways to not enable the person's OCD.  HIGHLY recommended for anyone dealing with a loved one's moderate to severe OCD.

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