When someone is diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are that they’ve been living with the symptoms for a long time. People with OCD may have long felt
embarrassed or ashamed of their thoughts and behavior. They may fear that they will harm others if they are not careful enough or they might catch a serious illness. They may feel powerless to control their actions and find themselves repeatedly checking locks or compulsively cleaning, and may seek reassurance from their loved ones over and over again.
OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed helps readers understand how OCD works so they can develop better strategies for coping with their symptoms. This pocket guide describes how they can cope with the diagnosis itself, discusses stigmas related to OCD, and helps readers unsure of whom they should tell about the diagnosis. Readers also learn the most effective treatment approaches and ways they can begin to manage their OCD symptoms.
An OCD diagnosis can be a devastating event, or it can be a catalyst for positive change. Books in the Guides for the Newly Diagnosed series provide readers with all the tools they need to process a diagnosis in the healthiest way possible, and then move forward to manage their symptoms so that the disorder doesn’t get in the way of living a fulfilling life.
“Dr. Michael Tompkins book is a very helpful resource for those suffering from OCD. In clear, direct language Tompkins helps the consumer understand the nature of OCD, what treatment will involve, how to find the right therapist, and how to work effectively toward coping with this difficult problem. Consumers and their families will find this book to be useful.”
— Robert L. Leahy, PhD, Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
“What a terrific book for individuals who have the very real illness of OCD, whether or not they have started treatment. This highly readable and practical book is also an important resource for families and friends who don’t understand this often mystifying disorder or know what to do to help. I recommend it highly!”
— Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
“OCD: Guide for the Newly Diagnosed gives those who have been recently diagnosed with OCD a head start on treatment. It addresses their and their families’ many questions and worries triggered by the diagnosis. Thereby, immediate support and anxiety reduction is available. In addition, The Guide offers clinicians a wealth of information that can be readily made available to their patients. Istrongly recommend the Guide to patients, families, and mental health professionals.”
— Paul R. Munford, PhD, Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center for OCD and Anxiety, San Rafael
Michael Tompkins, PhD, specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, such as OCD and hoarding, in adults, adolescents, and children. He has presented nationally on the topics of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, and CBT. Dr. Tompkins has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, and A&E’s