What are the best non-fiction books about OCD?

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    #1Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals

    Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals

    Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a non-fiction book by Ian Osborn, M.D. First published in 1998, it is an informative book concerning the diagnosis and treatment of OCD.

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    Jacqueline Myers
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a book that deals with the historical figures that had OCD and what the treatment and diagnosis is like for modern people with the disorder. Its highly rated and a must read for anyone dealing with a diagnosis of OCD for themselves or a family member."
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    #2The Imp of the Mind

    The Imp of the Mind
    The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts is a non-fiction book by psychologist Lee Baer, Ph.D. It is an informative book that talks about treatments for getting rid of intrusive thoughts.
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    Tammy Morrison
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I love this book. It helps people who are OCD or can't overcome negative thoughts and thinking . It really helped with my postpartum depression. It was recommended by my doctor and was in addition to some counselling also. Really opened my eyes to how the brain works. Highly recommend this author. "
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    #3Brain Lock

    Brain Lock

    Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior is a non-fiction self-help book written by Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD. It was first published in 1996, and it contains a self-treatment method for defeating OCD.

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    Ryan Contreras
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Important and useful self help book for most people. A classic that continues to be valid in todays world."
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    #4Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD

    Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD

    Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD is written by Traci Foust which documents her life growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder wherein she details everything from his childhood to her adult life. 

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    Ruth Ellis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "My daughter was recently diagnosed with OCD and I was at a lost for how to help her or how to adjust myself. A psychologist recommended that I read this book, and it has been very helpful. I am slowly learning that there aren't any easy answers for this condition, but there is hope. The book really helped me have a better understanding of both my daughter and her condition."
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    #5Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

    Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

    Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood is a memoir written by Jewish girl Jennifer Traig wherein she details her experience growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A funny and excruciating look at OCD and how it feels to someone to grow up with with this disorder. A great writer I highly recommend the warm telling of what it's like to think if you tap an orange the right number of times your sister will not die today. But then you have to figure out how many times you have to tap the orange. And then should the orange be peeled and sectioned or left whole. Fascinating."
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    #6Amen, Amen, Amen

    Amen, Amen, Amen
    Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying is a non-fiction book by Abby Sher, first published in 2009. It tells the story of the author's experiences with OCD, from its onset to its diagnosis and treatment.
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    Jonathan Stephens
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A book that is about faith and perseverance are typically my favorite type of books. The story of her rituals and practices make this book an ideal read in my opinion. Honestly, after reading it I was a bit sad because the story will bring tears to your eyes. "
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    #7Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is written by Jeff Bell sharing his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and his recovery on it. 

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    Chen Xie
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I liked this book because it was able to teach me about ocd. I did not know much about it, but I was curious about it, so I picked this book up. Everytime I read a few pages of the book I looked up more info about ocd online. It was a engaging read and I would encourage others to read it."
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    #8Life in a Whirlwind of Numbers. 26 Years of OCD

    Life in a Whirlwind of Numbers. 26 Years of OCD

    Life in a Whirlwind of Numbers: 26 Years of OCD is written by David William Dahlberg which is the second edition published wherein it shares his account of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

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    Barbara Peters
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I found this book to be a very deep and personal account of what OCD feels like and what it does to you. It hit hard to relate so well to not only the feelings, but the behaviors they evoked, as the author described his own struggles with them. Having a non-fiction account of OCD like this helps people to realize that it's not just a storybook mental quirk. It's a real, unglamorous problem, and it's important to know that."
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    #9The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

    The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

    The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought is a non-fiction book by David Adam. It tells the story of the author's daily struggles of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder for more than 20 years.

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    Wayne Robinson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "What a great book! For anyone who has or who knows someone that has true OCD this is a great book to read. It tells about his struggles and even throws in some scientific information. I really think this is one of the best non-fiction books about OCD that I have ever read. "
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    #10Just Checking: Scenes From the life of an obsessive-compulsive

    Just Checking: Scenes From the life of an obsessive-compulsive

    Just Checking: Scenes From the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive is written by Emily Colas which shares an account of what it is like living with a full-blown case of OCD also known as obsessive-compulsive disorder.  

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    Dennis Walters
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Interesting read about obsessive-compulsive disorder. I had never thought too much about the problem before, but after reading this I was totally drawn into it and thinking about what must be going through the minds of those who suffer from it. "
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    #11Treating Trichotillomania

    Treating Trichotillomania

    Treating Trichotillomania: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Hairpulling and Related Problems is a book by Martin E. Franklin and David F. Tolin. Published in 2007, it is included in the Anxiety and Related Disorders book series.

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    Amalia Martínez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The book teaches tried and tested CBT techniques to control one's disorder. This book is more a general starting guide, rather than tackling other OCD-specific issues."
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    #12Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania

    Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania
    Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania is a book about compulsive disorders by Nancy Keuthen and Dan Stein. Published in 2001, it provides the latest medications and treatments for controlling hair-pulling.
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    #13The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania

    The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania
    The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania is a book about compulsive disorder written Fred Penzel. Published in 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA, this books is a guide to the Trichotillomania syndrome.
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    Carolyn Turner
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Trichotillomania is a very misunderstood disorder and this novel is a great foray into the compulsive disorder. As a sufferer, I wish this book were around when I were younger so I could read it and realize I was most certainly not alone. More importantly, it gives valuable insight into those who love those with Trich."
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