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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 11
  • Series: Take Control
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press; Original edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593634293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593634292
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the model of Janet Price and Jennifer Engel Fisher’s Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome (2010), Zucker—a psychologist experienced in treating anxiety disorders—addresses affected young readers directly and offers a structured set of self-help strategies for coping with diagnosed obsessive-compulsive behavior. Suggesting that the chapters be read in order for best results, she opens with a nontechnical explanation of the disorder’s genetic and neurological roots, then goes on to discuss creating written behavioral “ladders,” using relaxation techniques effectively, building self-awareness, handling uncertainty, and managing stress. The author systematically recaps her main facts and points in each chapter with bulleted lists and closing summaries, and she adds brief quotes and case studies from her own practice, claiming that the widely embraced “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy” she outlines here is a proven blueprint for success in controlling OCD. Includes lists of organizations and multimedia resources. Grades 6-9. --John Peters

About the Author

Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in Washington, DC, where she has helped hundreds of children overcome OCD and anxiety in private practice at Alvord, Baker, & Associates, and at the National Center for the Treatment of Phobias, Anxiety, and Depression. She was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Top Therapists in the fields of OCD and phobias in 2009.

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Dr. Bonnie Zucker is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC and Rockville, Maryland. She received her doctoral degree from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and her Masters degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Baltimore. In her practice, Dr. Zucker specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults and utilizes a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach. Additionally, she integrates family systems work and helps parents learn the most appropriate responses to their child's anxiety disorder. Her books, Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children & Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD, are modeled after her treatment methods. She conducts psychotherapy at the National Center for the Treatment of Phobias, Anxiety and Depression in Washington, DC and at Alvord, Baker, & Associates in Rockville, MD. Dr. Zucker regularly conducts trainings on CBT for anxiety for mental health professionals.

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Very user and child friendly resource!
drnic1144
This is the second book I have read by Dr. Zucker; and as her first (relating to anxiety in kids), "Take Control of OCD" is incredibly helpful and well written.
L. Friedlander
She does this in an easily understandable step by step fashion.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By atomic on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Let me preface by stating that I am a Psychiatrist specializing in anxiety disorders such as OCD, so I read this book with great interest as a potential tool to further help my patients. I am impressed. The book is helpful in a variety of ways. First the author removes the stigma of OCD, restoring the kid's self esteem and demonstrating that it is an illness no different from asthma or allergies. Dr. Zucker empowers the adolescent to attain the tools to improve their OCD on their own, and gives them the realistic belief that they can indeed take control of this problem. In a very clear way she lays out the rationale for the treatment, then how to convert the theory into practice. She does this in an easily understandable step by step fashion. This is not hocus pocus or a fad treatment, but is based on well proven and widely accepted research. The fundamental approach is the same Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) employed by leading experts. If the kid reads the book and does the exercises, their OCD will usually improve substantially. That is a fact. This is a great resource for kids who do not have access to an experienced therapist versed in CBT, or as an adjunct for a kid fortunate enough to have such a therapist. I give this book to my adult patients too. Even though it is directed towards kids, everything in it applies equally well to adults with OCD. Overall a superb book!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erica Berger on October 31, 2010
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Dr. Bonnie Zucker has done it again! She has taken a very difficult problem (OCD) and offered a comprehensive approach to treating it. I provide therapy for children, teens and adults with OCD and will be recommending this book often. Dr. Zucker has an extremely encouraging style and writes to young people as if she were sitting in the same room and talking with them. Her approach includes a wide range of strategies including, but not limited to: relaxation, mindfulness, challenging thoughts, exposure/response prevention, and uncertainty training. She not only explains each clearly, but suggests when to use each one. The diverse and relevant examples also enhance the teaching approach. I would suggest this book, not only for it's intended audience (children 10 and older), but also for adults and professionals.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Friedlander on October 25, 2010
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This is the second book I have read by Dr. Zucker; and as her first (relating to anxiety in kids), "Take Control of OCD" is incredibly helpful and well written. I find Dr. Zucker's writing style readily accesible to adults (parents) and her tween target audience. She walks her reader through each and every step applauding his or her effort throughout. There are summaries at the end of every chapter and highlighted "notes" on various pages to ensure that the main points are understood and internalized. I would recommend this book as it provides critical strategies to overcoming the struggle many face with OCD. I would expect great results for anyone that commits to Dr. Zucker's course of action. I look forward to her third book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Barnhart on September 30, 2012
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I recommend this book as a resource for my adolescent patients and their parents. It is listed on the ocfoundation.org website under "Resources" and "Books and Multimedia." If you treat OCD in adolescents you know each of your OCD patients is unique, but if you are a parent trying to understand your child's disorder, it is a good place to start.
Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids With OCD

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Behavioral Sciences of Alabama, Inc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 20, 2010
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OCD can prove to be a very annoying thing to live with. "Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD" is a kids and parents guide for dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder, something that if dealt with now is easier done than later in life. With plenty of information and practices to help assist with combating OCD practices, "Take Control of OCD" is a fine pick for any parent with a child who has OCD tendencies.
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By Tanya Parker Mills on June 9, 2014
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I've read several different books on this complex disorder, but this is the one that's easiest to understand (and therefore share with family and friends, as needed). While the title implies it's for kids, the principles taught apply to adults with OCD, as well.
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This book is very easy to use and has a lot of helpful tools for treating anxiety in general, not just with regard to OCD. THe relaxation portion is very useful, one of the best presentations of this I have seen in these books. In addition, there is a lot related to identifying and challenging cognitions, as well as a section on "dealing with uncertainty" that I have found helpful with many children with different presentations of anxiety.

Very user and child friendly resource! I highly recommend!
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