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Talking Back to OCD

The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" — and Parents Say "Way to Go"

John S. March
With Christine M. Benton

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December 27, 2006
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No one wants to get rid of obsessive-compulsive disorder more than someone who has it. That's why Talking Back to OCD puts kids and teens in charge. Dr. John March's eight-step program has already helped thousands of young people show the disorder that it doesn't call the shots—they do. This uniquely designed volume is really two books in one. Each chapter begins with a section that helps kids and teens zero in on specific problems and develop skills they can use to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions. The pages that follow show parents how to be supportive without getting in the way. The next time OCD butts in, your family will be prepared to boss back—and show an unwelcome visitor to the door.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

“Readable....encouraging....Worksheets, graphs, and quotes are scattered throughout; an appendix covers how to find a therapist, and additional resources are listed. There are other books on OCD for parents...but this is the only title aimed at both the sufferer and the parents; its emphasis on OCD as an illness motivates the child and parents to isolate OCD from the individual. Highly recommended. (starred review)”

Library Journal

“Gives the best hands-on advice I know on how to help your child conquer this illness. Finally, the right book to give my patients!”

—Judith L. Rapoport, MD, author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing

“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, Department of Psychology, Temple University

“From an internationally recognized expert on childhood OCD, this book is readable, doable, and based on the most up-to-date treatment research. I highly recommend it to parents and children!”

—Henrietta L. Leonard, MD, coauthor of Is It "Just a Phase"?

“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, MBBS, PhD, MRCPsych, Maudsley Hospital, United Kingdom

“There’s good news about recovery from childhood OCD, and it’s called Talking Back to OCD. Dr. March explains with clarity and compassion what parents deserve to hear: They can make a difference in their children’s lives. A highly respected, innovative clinical researcher, he describes each component of recovery in ways that both parents and children will understand and appreciate.”

—R. Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Don’t Panic and coauthor of Stop Obsessing!

“I highly recommend this book for parents and their children with mild to moderate OCD. Dr. Marchprovides detailed steps that can empower a young person to battle obsessive-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, mother of a son with OCD and former president, International OCD Foundation

Table of Contents


I. Up Close But Not So Personal: A New Look at OCD for Parents (and Kids)

1. What Is OCD?

2. What Does OCD Look Like?

3. What Causes OCD?

4. How Is OCD Treated?

II. Eight Steps for Getting Rid of Obsessions and Compulsions

5. Step 1: What Kind of Treatment Is This, Anyway?

Step 1: Instructions for Parents

6. Step 2: Talking Back to OCD

Step 2: Instructions for Parents

7. Step 3: Making a Map

Step 3: Instructions for Parents

8. Step 4: Finishing My Toolkit

Step 4: Instructions for Parents

9. Step 5: Beginning to Resist

Step 5: Instructions for Parents

10. Step 6: I'm in Charge Now

Step 6: Instructions for Parents

11. Step 7: Eliminating OCD Everywhere

Step 7: Instructions for Parents

12. Step 8: Keeping OCD Away for Good

Step 8: Instructions for Parents

Summaries of the Steps

How to Find a Therapist


Appendix: Scales, Checklists, and Other Forms

About the Author

John S. March, MD, MPH, is former Director of the Division of Neurosciences Medicine at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has extensive experience developing and testing treatments for pediatric mental disorders and has published widely on obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and pediatric psychopharmacology.

Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.


Designed for use by parents and kids together, as a stand-alone resource or an adjunct to therapy. For mental health professionals, the book provides helpful information to use in educating children and parents and introducing cognitive-behavioral strategies. Students will find it a highly accessible introduction to the topic of childhood OCD.