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Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment Paperback – June 15, 2004

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This book contains information on child anxiety, anxiety in children, child OCD, obsessive compulsive in children, OCD in children, anxious children, worried child and anxious child.

About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Press, Inc.; 2 edition (May 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967734762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967734767
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Aureen Pinto Wagner has been pursuing her passion of helping kids, teens and their families learn to conquer anxiety for over 25 years. As a clinical child psychologist, her unique Worry Hill® approach has made cognitive-behavioral therapy more accessible to youngsters and has gained her international recognition. She has received the Self-Help Seal of Merit from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies for her books, Up and Down the Worry Hill, What to do When your Child has OCD and Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children.
Dr. Wagner is the Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and its Pediatric Subcommittee. Dr. Wagner received her education at St. Agnes College, the University of Iowa, Yale University Child Study Center and Brown University. She is a highly engaging and sought-after speaker whose workshops for clinicians, school professionals and parents consistently receive outstanding reviews.

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Wow, I found this book and brought it home, my son and I sat on the couch together before dinner and read the first 29 pages. When we stopped I told him to do his homework. Part of his homework was just to write a sentence and draw a picture about something he did that day. When he was done he handed it to me and I began to CRY. He had drawn a picture of us reading the book and there were little "word bubbles" above the pictures he drew, one said "up and down the worry hill", the other said "thank you mommy" and the other said "you're welcome"! Then below was an explaination, it said in the cuteset mispelled 7yr olds words, "My mom got me a new book and I like it because it helps my problems with feelings"

OMG!! My baby is so happy he isn't the only one who has this! I and he reccomend this book!!
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This book made my son feel SO much better - immediately after he read it! Knowing he wasn't "crazy" as well as giving clear information on what he could do to control his OCD instead of it controlling him made all the difference in the world! Riding Up and Down the Hill is exactly what we did to help in the exposure therapy and ritual prevention and he was able to "hold on" until we reached the top of the hill and then he was so happy to ride down the other side. In turn, his OCD "shrank". He was so proud of himself and so was I! I also highly recommend the other book Dr. Wagner wrote entitled "What to Do When Your Child Has OCD". It's a must for parents!! Thank you Dr. Wagner!!! You are wonderful and have made such an impact on my son, his OCD and our family!!
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My daughter, who's 7, was able to read this book fairly independently. She has had OCD for many years, but had never encountered any other children who have this disorder. Reading about other kids with this problem, plus seeing there was something that could be done about it, was so enlightening for her. I highly recommend it!
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My 9-year old found this too easy for her. She also said the boy "wasn't like her" because of his compulsiveness (she has obsessive thoughts mostly). However, in the next few days I caught her doing some of her semi-complusive routines and told her she was more like the boy than she thought. She agreed. I wish we could have found this book a few years ago. But it did open up a dialogue about some things, which was great for us. It's one of the few children's books out there on the subject so I wouldn't pass it up, even if it was a little juvenile for your child.
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As a clinician specializing in the treatment of OCD, I highly recommend this book as a resource to clinicians and families with a child with OCD. I've used in in my practice and found it to be a wonderful resource. Clinicians can buy several copies and loan them out to their clients or recommend that their clients get this book.

Larina Kase, PsyD, [...]
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My son had a sudden onset of OCD at age 6. There is a shortage of psychiatric care in my area and even more limited for children. I had to get help FAST. I ordered 3 OCD books from Amazon including UP AND DOWN ... I read it to my son as soon as we got it. He exclaimed that "He's just like me!" My son doesn't like to read it often, but we do every so often to remind him that he's not alone and that things are usually pretty good. Also, the character has traits that my son does NOT have and that makes him feel better, more in control.
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I'm the mother of an 8-year old daughter diagnosed with OCD. This book opened up new doors for us in treating this disorder. It has been perfect for her, and she actually wants to sit down with me to read it. I believe that giving her obsessions/rituals an actual name and introducing her to a child who struggles with similar issues is a major step in our road to living triumphantly over OCD. I strongly recommend What to Do When your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to go along with it--I ordered both and, along with my Bible, they have a home right next to my bed and already have worn pages!
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"What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck" is so much more helpful. This book does not give specific techniques to help children combat their OCD as the aforementioned book does.
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