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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 – April 15, 2007
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Dr. Huebner tackles OCD in a way that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and fun. This guide is an invaluable tool to demystify OCD and help children heal. -- Michelle Saidel, MD, Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
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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.