TAMAR E. CHANSKY, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety, and a member of the OC Foundation, the Anxiety Disorder Association of America and the American Psychological Association. She offers expert guidance on-line and in the newsletter for the OC Foundation. She lives with her husband and daughter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescentsby Tamar Chansky
If you're a parent of one of the more than one million children in this country with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know how confusing, even frightening, the symptoms of OCD can be. You're terrified of losing your child and angry about the havoc this disorder has wreaked in your family. More than anything, you want to be able to unlock the secrets of OCD,… See more details below
If you're a parent of one of the more than one million children in this country with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know how confusing, even frightening, the symptoms of OCD can be. You're terrified of losing your child and angry about the havoc this disorder has wreaked in your family. More than anything, you want to be able to unlock the secrets of OCD, understand the cause of your child's bizarre symptoms, and help your child break free of these disruptive, relentless thoughts and actions.
In her landmark book, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dr. Tamar E. Chansky creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder. In Part I, Dr. Chansky "cracks the code" of the peculiar rules and customs of OCD the handwashing, tapping, counting, and so forth. She explains how OCD is diagnosed, how to find the right therapist partner, and how to tailor treatment options to your child's needs. You'll learn how powerful behavioral modification can be and when medication can help. In Part II, you'll learn how not to be pulled in by your child's debilitating rituals at home or at school, how to talk to your child about the "brain tricks" OCD causes, and how to create an effective OCD battle plan that will empower your child to "boss back" the OCD monster. You'll also learn how to cope in moments of crisis.
Part III offers specific advice for how to help your child handle the most common manifestations of OCD such as fears of contamination, checking, getting things "just right," intrusive thoughts, and more. Part IV is an indispensable guide to additional resources, including books, videos, organizations, and websites.
Filled with Dr. Chansky's compassionate advice and inspiring words from the many children with OCD whom she has helped, this book will be your lifeline. Battling back from OCD is hard work, but with the comprehensive, proven guidance in this book, you can help your child reclaim a life free from its grip.
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This is truly the best book out there. Having a child w/ 'mild' OCD and not your typical symptoms, it has been a G-Dsend. I even recommended the book to our childs therapist and she loves it. Some of the OCD books are focused on severe symptoms and lead you to nowhere. This offers practical advice that alleviates many fears, both for the parent and the child. Buy this book above all others.
A must read if you have a child with OCD!
This book was very reassuring that we could help our child. Parents rely on their own history to advise and guide their children, but most have no experience with OCD so our own fears are fueling the fire. This books gives concrete advice how to set limits, speak to your child, recognize and address the behavior without getting pulled into it. It may be a chronic condition, but with recognition comes relief that there is a path forward and happiness for your child. I highly recommend this book.
In our OCD support group we frequently have parents come who are concerned about working well with their children. I always recommend that they buy this book.