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What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids) Paperback – February 15, 2007
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Includes kid-friendly suggestions and activities, such as:
- Draw 3 things that are in the garbage pail closest to you and add 2 others that you’ve thrown away recently.
- Circle the things in this picture that are worth keeping, and put an X over the things that should be thrown away.
- List a few rituals that you repeat daily.
- Explain how you would “talk back” to a thought that is stuck in your brain.
|What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck||What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold||What to Do When You Worry Too Much||What to Do When You Dread Your Bed||What to Do When You Grumble Too Much||What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake|
|Subtitle||A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD||A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More||A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety||A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep||A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Negativity||A Kid’s Guide to Accepting Imperfection|
|Short Description||If it's hard for you to feel safe or sure of yourself because certain thoughts have gotten stuck, this book is for you.||If you have a habit that's hard to stop and embarrasses you or gets you in trouble, this book is for you.||If your worries have grown so big that they bother you almost every day, this book is for you.||If you're a kid who is convinced that nothing short of magic will make nighttime easier, this book is for you.||If you're a kid who feels so frustrated by life's tricky spots that it's hard to enjoy the good things, this book is for you.||If you try to be right all the time, or if you worry about being less than the best, this book is for you!|
|Ages||6 to 12||6 to 12||6 to 12||6 to 12||6 to 12||8 to 12|
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Chapters explaining what OCD is: 1 - 6 / Chapters giving Tools to Overcome OCD: 7 - 11 / Chapters offering Motivation: 12 - 14
Chap 1 - "Are you Saving Junk?" - explains your brain is like a computer with a "glitch", where you cant tell "junk" thoughts apart from valid ones. Uses trash in its examples, which would be confusing to OCD kids who are hoarders (and cant tell the difference between trash and treasure).
Chap 2 - "What is OCD?" - shortly explains "obsessive thoughts" and 'compulsive rituals". Spends a lot of time on what happens when you tell someone "NO" over and over (they stop).
Chap 3 - "OCD Tricks" - explains OCD has 3 tricks: "false danger alarms", "maybe" signals where is hard to stop thinking "not likely, but maybe", and signals to repeat a ritual
Chap 4 - "Why kids get OCD" - again that the brain is a computer, with a tiny part misprogrammed. An OCD brain has "messaging (thought) problems" where kids feel the need to do something again and again.
Chap 5 - "Is the Job too Big?" - you can overcome OCD by taking it one step at a time
Chap 6 - "One more thing..." - explains fight or flight response, and how our thoughts determine whether we are scared or excited in a situation (roller coasters) and how our senses dull over time (like in a movie theater)
Chap 7 - "1st Tool - I Spy" - recognizing OCD thoughts
Chap 8 - "2nd Tool - Talk Back" - tell OCD thoughts "NO". This chapter is short and doesn't explain HOW to say "No", just that you can
Chap 9 - "3rd Tool - Show OCD Who's Boss" - 6 Strategies are listed regarding Rituals, basically saying when you have an OCD urge you should walk away and think or do something else, rather than give in to the urge
Chap 10 - "Putting the Tools to Work" - has you list all your OCD urges (rituals) and come up with a plan for each one
Chap 11 - "OCD is a Slow Learner" - keep using the same technique over and over
Chap 12 - "Keep Climbing" - motivation
Chap 13 - "Getting Good at Fighting OCD" - motivation
Chap 14 - "You Can DO It" - motivation
I'm giving this 3 Stars because most of this information didn't apply to my daughter's situation. Her OCD includes a lot of avoidance behavior, and "what if..." thoughts. She is doing CBT therapy to confront the feelings that make her want to avoid situations and places. This book did not offer any thought strategies, or much in the way of OCD obsessions.
This book visually is appealing and its text simplifies for young and old that the tricks of the OCD monster can be foiled with cognitive behavioral therapy. It's a good workbook because children can draw in it and answer questions. I highly recommend this book, in fact, I think its my favorite of all the many books on OCD that I have collected. Of course, my hero Fred Penzel cannot be topped with the incredible information and examples shared in his book, and Jonathan Grayson's is full of beneficial information as well. Don't forget Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick with the OCD workbook, another outstanding reference and a way for an OCD sufferer without qualified therapists in the area where he or she lives, to do self work on ERP in order to talk back to the monster and regain freedom in life.