Specializing in the Treatment of OCD and Related Anxiety Based Conditions


OCD Books

In addition to individual and group psychotherapy, many people who suffer from OCD and related anxiety based conditions have found great value in the growing number of books and television programs addressing these conditions. Many have silently endured these disorders for years, and reading a book or viewing a television program may be the first time they have learned there is a name for their condition, that others suffer from it, and that there is treatment available.

The OCD Center of Los Angeles recommends the following valuable books about OCD and related conditions:

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD
Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT
New Harbinger Publications

Tormenting Thoughts and Secret RitualsTormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Ian Osborn, MD

Getting Control

Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions
Lee Baer, PhD

Imp of the Mind

The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts
Lee Baer, PhD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well
Fred Penzel, PhD
Oxford University Press

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD
Christine Purdone, PhD and David Clark, PhD
New Harbinger Publications

Stop Obsessing

Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Revised Edition)
Edna Foa, PhD and Reid Wilson, PhD

The OCD Workbook

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Bruce Hyman, PhD and Cherry Pedrick, RN
New Harbinger Publications

Brain Lock

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
Jeffrey Schwartz, MD
Harper Perennial

Freedom From OCD

Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty
Jonathan Grayson, PhD
Berkley Trade

Getting Over OCD

Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life (Guilford Self-Help Workbook)
Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD
Guilford Press

The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing

The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing
Judith Rapoport, MD

Freeing Your Child From OCD

Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents
Tamar Chanskey, PhD
Harmony Publishing

What To Do When Your Child Has OCD

What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions
Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD
Lighthouse Press

Up and Down the Worry Hill

Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment
Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD and Paul Jutton
Lighthouse Press

Loving Someone With OCD

Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family
Karen Landsman, PHD, Kathleen Rupertus, MA, and Cherry Pedrick, RN
New Harbinger Publications

Rewind, Replay, RepeatRewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Jeff Bell
Hazelden Books

TriggeredTriggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Fletcher Wortmann
Thomas Dunne Books

I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands

I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD
J.J. Keeler
Paragon House

Nowhere Near Normal Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD
Traci Foust
Gallery Books

It'll Be OK

“It’ll be Okay.”: How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life
Shannon Shy

Just CheckingJust Checking: Scenes from the life of an obsessive-compulsive
Emily Colas
Washington Square Press

Dying of EmbarrassmentDying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobia
Barbara Markway, PhD et al
New Harbinger Publications

The Broken MirrorThe Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Katherine Phillips, MD
Oxford University Press

The BDD WorkbookThe BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions
James Claiborn, PhD and Cherry Pedrick, RN
New Harbinger Publications

Phantom IllnessPhantom Illness: Shattering the Myth of Hypochondria
Carla Cantor and Brian Fallon

Stop Worrying About Your HealthStop Worrying About Your Health! How to Quit Obsessing About Symptoms and Feel Better Now
George D. Zgourides, MD, PsyD
New Harbinger Publications

Forever MarkedForever Marked: A Dermatillomania Diary
Angela Hartlin

Help For Hair PullersHelp for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania
Nancy Keuthen, PhD, Dan Stein, MD, and Gary Chistenson, MD
New Harbinger Publications

The Hair Pulling ProblemThe Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania
Fred Penzel, PhD
Oxford University Press

Dan Stein, MB, Gary Christenson, MD and Eric Hollander, MD
American Psychiatric Press

Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition
Edmund Bourne
New Harbinger Publications

Living With Panic DisorderLiving with Panic Disorder
John Tsilimparis, MFT

Panic FreePanic Free : Eliminate Anxiety / Panic Attacks Without Drugs and Take Control of Your Life
Lynne Freeman, PhD
Arden Books


The following books are not specifically about OCD or OC Spectrum Disorders, but can be very helpful in learning to cope with anxiety, stress, and other related difficulties:

Get Out Of Your Mind And Into Your LifeGet Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Steven Hayes, PhD and Spencer Smith
New Harbinger Publications

ACT for Anxiety DisordersAcceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner’s Treatment Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-Based Behavior Change Strategies
Georg Eifert, PhD and John Forsyth, PhD
New Harbinger Publications

Feel The Fear...And Do It AnywayFeel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
Susan Jeffers, PhD
Ballantine Books

Water Bears No ScarsWater Bears No Scars: Japanese Lifeways for Personal Growth
David Reynolds, PhD
William Morrow & Co.

The Wisdom of No EscapeThe Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness
Pema Chodron
Shambala Press

The Road Less TraveledThe Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
M. Scott Peck, MD
Touchstone Books

About the OCD Center of Los Angeles

The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in the treatment of OCD and related anxiety based conditions. We have ten therapists on staff, all of whom specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety based conditions. We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.  We have offices at four locations in Southern California:

  • Brentwood
  • Woodland Hills
  • Orange County
  • Santa Barbara

You can learn more about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), related anxiety based conditions we treat, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), our center, and our approach to treatment on our website at https://ocdla.com/.

If you would like more information regarding telephone or online therapy, or would like to discuss individual therapy, group therapy, online therapy, or intensive treatment at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, please call one of our client coordinators at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us.