Can I tell you about OCD is an accessible, short but comprehensive introduction to obsessive compulsive disorder written from the viewpoint of Katie, a 14-year-old who suffers with the condition. The book is written at a reading and comprehension level that could readily be accessed and understood by children and young people with the support of a parent or carer. It also provides helpful information for adults in a sufferer’s life, especially when it comes to dispelling myths and understanding what OCD is and isn’t (it’s not all about tidying and hand washing…)
I think this book would feel hugely reassuring for sufferers and siblings as well as for parents and professionals. Clear guidance is given about how family, friends and the school can help and sources of further support and advice are highlighted.
This is not a long read so it doesn’t feel intimidating, and it gives a very good overview for someone just beginning to understand the condition whether they are an adult or a child. It works hard to remove some of the shame and embarrassment felt by sufferers, explaining the relatively high prevalence of OCD and outlining common obsessions and compulsions. For a young person who had previously felt lost and alone with these thoughts and behaviours, this could feel very reassuring and for many it may act as the first stepping stone towards engaging in treatment and working towards recovery.
- Introducing Katie, who has OCD
- How I was diagnosed
- Why have I got OCD?
- How OCD affects school
- How OCD affects home
- How OCD affects friendships
- Treatments for OCD: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Treatments for OCD: Medication
- How family and friends can help
- How I can be helped at school
- Common obsessions and compulsions
- Other disorders related to OCD
- Recommended reading, organisations and websites
About the Author
Amita Jassi has worked with young people with OCD for the past six years and is currently a senior clinical psychologist at he National Specialist OCD clinic at the Maudsley Hospital.
“Can I tell you about OCD?” is one of Jessica Kingsley’s Publishing’s excellent series of ‘Can I tell you about’ books which cover a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. I have previously reviewed: “Can I tell you about depression?” You may also be interested in Can I tell you about Eating Disorders? by Bryan Lask and Can I tell you about Anxiety? by Lucy Willetts. You can see other books I have recommended here.
Can I tell you about OCD? – a guide for friends, family and professionals is available for £8.99 from Jessica Kingsley Publishers (for 10% off quote code MHA) or Amazon.