What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions

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There are over one million children in the US who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. These children often have uncontrollable worries and engage in seemingly senseless rituals. Parents and school professionals often feel helpless and frustrated as they struggle to understand and help the child stop the bizarre doubts and habits that take over the child's mind and life. Now, there is hope and help.Dr. Aureen Wagner brings you the latest scientific advances in the treatment of this beguiling disorder along ...
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Overview

There are over one million children in the US who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. These children often have uncontrollable worries and engage in seemingly senseless rituals. Parents and school professionals often feel helpless and frustrated as they struggle to understand and help the child stop the bizarre doubts and habits that take over the child's mind and life. Now, there is hope and help.Dr. Aureen Wagner brings you the latest scientific advances in the treatment of this beguiling disorder along with her many years of experience in treating children and teenagers. Using the metaphor of the Worry Hill, for which she has received international recognition, Dr. Wagner presents a powerful step-by-step approach that countless children have used successfully to triumph over OCD. Her skill, compassion and expert guidance will provide new hope, energy and resolve to help children and their caregivers conquer OCD.Designed to be used alone or with the children's integrated companion book: Up and Down the Worry Hill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967734712
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Press, Incorporated NY
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 166,440
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. AUREEN PINTO WAGNER is Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Wagner is a clinical child psychologist, anxiety treatment expert and sought-after international speaker who is recognized for her unique Worry Hill(R) treatment approach. She is the author of several highly acclaimed books on anxiety and its treatment.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 17
Part I The Essential Facts
1. The Prison Of The Mind 25
What is OCD? 27
The Many Faces of OCD in Children 31
Shifting Sands: The Course of OCD 39
The Emotional Cages of OCD 40
Frequently-Asked Questions 43
2. Setting the Record Straight: What's OCD, What's Not? 47
Normal Rituals 48
Normal Fears 50
Normal vs. OCD: What's the Difference? 51
Telltale Signs of OCD 55
Disorders Associated with OCD 59
Frequently-Asked Questions 74
3. Evaluation and Diagnosis 79
Hurdles in the Evaluation Process 80
Finding Clinicians to Evaluate Your Child 83
A Biopsychosocial Framework 85
What to Expect During the Evaluation 86
How You Can Prepare for an Evaluation 91
Frequently-Asked Questions 94
4. How Does OCD Develop? 99
Misfiring Circuits in the Brain 100
Serotonin: the Chemical Link 102
Pandas (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) 103
Of Genetics and Family Trees 105
Stress 106
Parenting Does Not Cause OCD 108
Can OCD Be Learned by Imitation? 110
The Vicious Cycle of Avoidance 111
Thinking Styles 113
Frequently-Asked Questions 114
5. Treatment of OCD: Up and Down the Worry Hill 117
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): the Treatment of Choice 118
BT, CT, CBT & ERP: What Do all the Initials Mean? 119
The Premise of CBT 120
Exposure & Ritual Prevention 121
Cognitive Therapy Strategies for OCD 129
CBT Steps for Children: Ride Up and Down the Worry Hill 131
Typical Steps in CBT for Children: What to Expect 134
Plusses and Minuses of CBT 139
Success in CBT: Who has the Best Chances? 141
Other Therapy Approaches 144
Frequently-Asked Questions 148
6. Medications for Childhood OCD 153
Medication Choices for OCD 153
Reasons for Considering Medication 155
What to Expect from OCD Medications 157
Finding the Right Medication and Dosage 160
Side Effects of Medications 164
Behavioral Side Effects of OCD Medications 172
When Medication Doesn't Seem to be Working 174
Frequently-Asked Questions 176
Part II What to do
7. The Battle Plan Against OCD 183
Accept the Reality of OCD 184
Lead the Charge 185
Be Informed 186
Find the Right Treatment and Clinician 188
Simplify Your Lives 194
Brace Yourself for the Ups and Downs 195
Unlock the Emotional Cages of OCD 200
Frequently-Asked Questions 203
8. Taking Care of Yourself 207
Why You Need to Focus on You 208
The Web of OCD 209
9. Readiness for Treatment 231
Why is Readiness Important? 232
The Keys to Readiness 232
Effective Communication with Your Child 235
Tips for Successful Communication 237
Child-Friendly Explanations for OCD and CBT 239
Persuading the Reluctant Child 247
Strategies That Impede Readiness 260
Frequently-Asked Questions 262
10. GUIDE, RIDE and RALLY: Critical Roles in CBT 263
Guide, Ride and Rally 264
Handing Over the Charge 264
How to Rally for Your Child 266
What to Avoid: Strategies That Don't Help 274
Frequently-Asked Questions 279
11. CBT With Your Child: The RIDE And RALLY In Action 281
Contamination and Cleansing 281
"BAD Thoughts" and Mental Rituals 284
Moral Dilemmas and Checking 289
Confessing and Apologizing 292
"Just Right" and Repeating 295
Just So or Not at All: Perfectionism 297
Fears of Harm and Reassurance Seeking 301
Magical Thoughts 305
Hoarding 308
Frequently-Asked Questions 311
12. Parenting Challenges 313
The Perfect Parent 314
Daily Dilemmas: Did I Do the Right Thing? 315
The Nuts and Bolts of Parenting 316
All about Reward and Punishment 325
Parenting Through the Tough Times 333
Dealing with Frustration, Anger and Panic 338
Strategies for Everyday Challenges 352
Frequently-Asked Questions 357
13. OCD Goes to School 361
The Fall Out of OCD at School 362
To Tell or Not to Tell School Personnel? 363
What Schools can Do to Help 368
Barriers in the Home-School Partnership 382
Special Services or Not? 385
Advocating for Your Child 388
Strategies and Solutions at School 391
Frequently Asked Questions 400
14. "Where do we go from here?" 401
Recovery is a Journey, Not an Event 402
From Adversity to Opportunity 403
Slips and Slip Recovery 405
A New Vision 407
Giving Back 408
The Wings to Fly 409
Resources 415
Support Organizations 417
Web-based Resources 418
Index 419
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    'Grieve No More! Get This Book!!

    Every parent with a child that has OCD MUST read this book!! The sooner the better! After realizing my son had OCD I jumped on the internet only to feel sad and hopeless for my son's future. Thank goodness for Dr. Wagner's book! I read it cover to cover and put everything she suggested into play immediately!! Her book also gave me hope and made me realize I was a huge part of my son's recovery. Loaded with support, information and facts, this book became my 'OCD Bible' and made a huge impact on getting the OCD in control. We had a wonderful therpist but this book is what really helped my son and our family know what to do and how to take control. My son also read her book for children entitled 'Up and Down the Worry Hill' and I highly recommend that for your child as well. I now run a support group for parents of children with OCD and this book is #1 on my list. There IS hope and 'What to Do When Your Child Has OCD' is crucial in your journey! Thank you Dr. Wagner! You are wonderful!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    A Wonderful Reference

    This was loaned to me during a time of crisis in my family, when my daughter was in the throes of full-throttle OCD. I was at a total loss as to what to do for her while we waited to see a specialist. This book gave me comfort, seeing that this was indeed treatable and something could be done to help my child. It also gives great examples of typical OCD behaviors, which helped me confirm what I was dealing with, and that it wasn't a death sentence. It kept me sane through those first weeks of total chaos!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    The BEST book to own as a parent of a child with OCD

    As a parent of a child with OCD it is possible to become 'compulsive' about trying to educate yourself about the illness to help your child. This book is a comprehensive guide that helps to ask and answer your questions. There are many books out there on the subject but this book is the BEST one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    Excellent Resource for OCD Treatment in children and families

    Dr. Wagner has produced a guide for parents, living with OCD in their family, that is both easy to read and straight forward. Her style, found in all her publications, is written for the lay person as well as professionals. Dr. Wagner walks the reader through the various stages of diagnosis, treatment and follow up, in a way that demonstrates that Obessive-Compulsive Disorder is treatable. The focus of treating children with cognitive behavioral therapy provides the child and their family with the tools to empower themselves with strategies which will help them overcome OCD: deal with it on a daily basis, and in the future, if OCD once again interferes with their daily living, they will have gained the knowledge to recover more effeciently. I highly recommend any of Dr. Aureen Wagner's books to anyone interested in treatment of anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2003

    This is a must have for every parent of a child with OCD

    This is the book I wish I had during the months we waited for our appointment with the specialist. Dr. Wagner leaves no stone unturned. In plain language she speaks to the many and complex concerns parents of children with OCD have -- always with this goal: to help minimize the impact of OCD on the child and family. The personal stories woven throughout the book help put a ¿face¿ on OCD that every family living with it will understand. I particularly appreciated Dr. Wagner¿s respectful and empathetic treatment of parents, also victims of this disorder, in the chapters ¿Parenting Challenges¿ and ¿Taking Care of Yourself.¿ This is an empowering book; one that continues to offer hope and help to parents beginning with that first suspicion that something¿s ¿not quite right.¿ I continue to use it as a valuable resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    An invaluable resource for parents of children with OCD

    This book is a must-have for parents AND clinicians alike. Dr. Wagner uses straightforward language to demystify both OCD in children and the ways cognitive-behavioral therapy works in treating this agonizing illness. She first helps to distinguish between rituals or obsessions that are developmentally normal vs. those that are disordered. Then she provides detailed, knowledgeable information on how to seek help, the types of therapies and medications that work, and what parents can do to assist their child in the recovery process. Most importantly, she gives an amazingly clear explanation of how the exposure and ritual prevention exercises of CBT work to dispel the rituals and reduce anxiety. And she provides compelling, and heartbreaking examples of the treatment in actual clients she has worked with. This book is clearly written by an expert clinician who exudes compassion, empathy and full understanding of the impact of OCD on the afflicted and their families. As a practicing psychologist, I routinely recommend this book (and the companion one for children, 'Up and Down the Worry Hill') to all my clients -- including adult clients -- who are suffering from OCD and anxiety.

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