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Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"
 
 

Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go" [Kindle Edition]

John S. March , Christine M. Benton
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'Dr. March is a world expert on helping young people recover from OCD. In this much-needed book, he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience with parents and children. Full of practical tips and examples for families, the book helps the child take charge while showing parents how to support the recovery process. Dr. March tackles the bewilderment and isolation felt by so many families, highlighting the fact that OCD is nobody's fault and emphasizing that recovery is possible. I am looking forward to using this accessible book with the families I treat.' - Isobel Heyman, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, OCD Clinic for Young People, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK

'An excellent example of how research findings and first-rate clinical applications can be conveyed in an extremely reader-friendly fashion. The book, which provides sage guidance for both parents and youth, is highly informed and well written. Dr. March has succeeded in providing a valuable resource and clinical tool.' - Philip C. Kendall, PhD, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University, USA 

'As a mother of a son with OCD and President of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, I highly recommend this book for parents and their children with mild to moderate OCD. Dr. March provides detailed steps that can empower a young person to battle obsessive/n-/compulsive disorder. The strong personal vignettes will help parents finally begin to understand the obsessions and compulsions that drive their child or teen to perform exhausting rituals.' - Joy Kant

'The book is well written, well researched and simply laid out, and the author's passion for 'bossing back' OCD is evident throughout... It provides a major boost to our understanding of this condition and the importance of early intervention.' - Mike Lehane, Nursing Standard

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'Dr. March is a world expert on helping young people recover from OCD. In this much-needed book, he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience with parents and children. Full of practical tips and examples for families, the book helps the child take charge while showing parents how to support the recovery process. Dr. March tackles the bewilderment and isolation felt by so many families, highlighting the fact that OCD is nobody's fault and emphasizing that recovery is possible. I am looking forward to using this accessible book with the families I treat.' - Isobel Heyman, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, OCD Clinic for Young People, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK

'An excellent example of how research findings and first-rate clinical applications can be conveyed in an extremely reader-friendly fashion. The book, which provides sage guidance for both parents and youth, is highly informed and well written. Dr. March has succeeded in providing a valuable resource and clinical tool.' - Philip C. Kendall, PhD, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University, USA 

'As a mother of a son with OCD and President of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, I highly recommend this book for parents and their children with mild to moderate OCD. Dr. March provides detailed steps that can empower a young person to battle obsessive/n-/compulsive disorder. The strong personal vignettes will help parents finally begin to understand the obsessions and compulsions that drive their child or teen to perform exhausting rituals.' - Joy Kant

'The book is well written, well researched and simply laid out, and the author's passion for 'bossing back' OCD is evident throughout... It provides a major boost to our understanding of this condition and the importance of early intervention.' - Mike Lehane, Nursing Standard


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1761 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (28 Dec 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D5ASJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book, easy to understand. 1 July 2010
Format:Paperback
A book that does not make you swim into the uknown and feel insecure about how much you DON'T know about your child's OCD. Quite the contrary, a directly usable and helpful book. Simple and practical, though well documented.
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This book repeats itself a lot and simplifies something very complex. It's also very evangelical about CBT as the only solution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, positive approach 10 Jun 2013
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Good book, it has a helpful, positive approach which is much more encouraging than a lot of the 'heavies' that are out there.
Would like an audio version please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Back To OCD 18 May 2013
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Excellent book with a lot of useful and practical advice for OCD sufferers. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Frustrating 19 Oct 2007
By Madisen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was so frustrating. There were some good ideas here and there, but they were few and far between. As another reviewer mentioned, the program is convoluted and hard to follow. It was often difficult to understand exactly what the point of each step was and what the "homework" entailed. There were useful "summary sheets" for each chapter, but they were hidden in the back of the book. This kind of thing happened a lot--things seemed to be out of order. Several times, I had a question about something I read, and would only find the answer to it in a much later chapter. Other times, something would be mentioned seemingly in passing, only to have it turn out to be of great importance. It seemed to me that this program would be very hard to follow from beginning to end.

Another thing that bothered me was that, while the book is purportedly for kids and teens, most of the content seemed written for very young children. The most annoying thing was the way the authors constantly referred to obsessions as "brain hiccups" (It was not uncommon to find the word "hiccup" four times in one paragraph), but there was also a seemingly endless stream of "kid-friendly" analogies that felt patronizing. "Your 'brainpower techniques' should roll off your tongue as smoothly as your explanations for why your chores aren't done or what happened to that homework that was supposed to be turned in today," reads one irritating passage. Weirdly enough, the same chapter contained sample "task lists" that seemed copied from a program for adults; one sample task for a person with "moral scrupulosity" OCD was described as "looking at porn sites online without praying". I'll admit that, after four chapters of "hiccups" and lame sports metaphors, this was pretty jarring for me.

Finally, as a warning to people who are considering buying this, I should mention that there is an excessive number of testimonials and stories from other kids who have gone through the program. These are obviously intended to inspire camaraderie, but for kids who are triggered by reading about other people's rituals, they can be a disaster. Sure, there are some instances where a concept can't be explained without an example, but I really don't see the need for the book to contain detailed "example lists" of rituals, or a descriptive passage about how one girl had to wash her hands ("one finger at a time, starting with her right thumb"). My daughter became hysterically anxious reading about all these other people's symptoms and was very afraid for a while that she would develop some of them.

Overall, I would obviously not recommend this book. If the basic ideas (which are solid) could be put in a more readable format, it would have been much better. If you're reading this, you were probably hoping for a program that your child could do herself, but between the distracting examples and metaphors and the confusing layout (not to mention the odd reference to porn sites), this isn't it.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Consider this before you buy..... 10 July 2007
By has experience with the topic - Published on Amazon.com
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I have watched a child endure OCD for 6 years, trying medication, nutrients and formal cognitive behaviorial therapy with various improvements and exacerbations. With no disrespect to the author, this book is does not give any "new look" to OCD as the Part I is titled.

The author indicates that the child can assume responsibility for the "homework" to enage in CBT. That won't happen from reading this book. The content to kids is buried. Even my 16 year old honor student found it convoluted, repetitive and not engaging. And, he has had formal CBT therapy and tried to use the book as a refresher.

The hype on this book makes it sound "child-centered". That's a lure. It is definitely an adult read. In fact each chapter has extensive sections called "Instructions for Parents."

If you are looking for a book geared to a child or young adult with OCD to help them help themselves, this is not the one.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book! 10 Sep 2007
By ham1993 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When we first realized our son was showing signs of OCD, we began to research any information that would somehow help us. We needed material that was practical and would give answers and guidance to enable us to get our son back.
We found this book and began working through the steps with our son. The explainations were clear. The quotes from other kids with OCD were encouraging. The layout was reader friendly. My son gave OCD a nickname as Dr. March suggests in his approach. He hated OCD as much as we all did for stealing so much of his time and causing such frustration. The blame was on "OCD" not my son as a person and this was a huge step forward.
I can hardly believe the progress we saw as we worked through this book. Slowly and steadily my son began to chip away at each obssesion/compulsion. He mapped them out and graphed the progress. It was a difficult task, but this book was like having Dr. March give my son and the whole family personal therapy at every turn.
We had looked at other material on OCD and even tried a therapist, but NOTHING compared to the information and tactics explained in this book. We have our son back! He's free again - free from the OCD! What more can I say?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can be useful for parents, not for children/teens 10 Sep 2013
By Tegen de Wereld - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I agree with other reviewers that the book is convoluted and not user friendly, especially for non-adults. My biggest objection, however, is a very small section on religious scrupulosity. If my child is having OCD symptoms revolving around sexuality, I am to encourage him/her to "look at a porn site on the internet" and "look at a Playboy magazine" whenever he/she has an intrusive sexual thought. This section is part of a "toolbox" written for the young person following the program. I am really shocked at the lack of judgment from the author, and it causes me to call into question the entire body of work. It renders the book useless, since I cannot give this to my child to read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best child-centered book for overcoming OCD 24 Aug 2007
By P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 11-year old son has been in weekly therapy for treatment of OCD for over one year. One-on-one therapy has been very useful and cannot be overlooked. However, reading this book, TALKING BACK TO OCD, together with my son and having him follow it verbatim is what truly helped him BEAT OCD and know that he is in control! My son followed the instructions completely and has been nearly symptom free for over three months. Dr March's book gave my son the confidence to control his brain pathways and know how to "talk back" when OCD rears its ugly head again. I HIGHLY recommend this book over all others (and I have read them all!)
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