Helping Your Child with OCD

A Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Lee Fitzgibbons, Ph.D. and Cherry Pedrick, R.N.

Helping Your Child with OCD was published in 2003 by New Harbinger Publications. We’d like to tell you more about this valuable resource. Below is a look at what experts in the field of cognitive-behavioral therapy are saying about our book.

What the Experts are Saying about Helping Your Child with OCD

Helping Your Child with OCD is outstanding – an indispensable guide for parents of children with OCD. Clearly written and easy to understand, it is filled with wisdom and wit and empowers parents with the tools to successfully manage the challenges and frustrations of raising a healthy child with OCD.”

Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D., director of the OCD Resource Center of South Florida, coauthor of The OCD Workbook, and director of the OCD Web site:

“A comprehensive family guide for understanding and dealing with OCD. It is a highly practical book, filled with useful strategies to help parents help their children, and themselves as well. Every parent with a child who suffers from OCD should read this book.”

C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center

Helping Your Child with OCD is like having an experienced therapist on speed dial. The authors, through concrete examples and thorough discussions really explain what OCD is, how it affects a child, what treatments are appropriate, and how to find them. They give parents the information and techniques necessary to help their children manage their OCD.”

Patricia Perkins, JD, Executive Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation –

“Filled with compassionate, astute, and highly practical guidance, this excellent book will help parents understand the complexities of OCD and empower them to put their parenting skills to the best use in battling OCD. I highly recommend it.”

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center, author of Up and Down the Worry Hill and What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

Helping Your Child with OCD is accurate, informative, and to the point. Parents will surely benefit from having a reassuring, factual, and structured resource such as this to work with. It’s a fortunate thing when professionals with this level of experience take the trouble to share their knowledge with those whose need is so great.”

Fred Penzel, Ph.D., psychologist and board member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, author of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well

“I would recommend Helping Your Child with OCD to anyone caring for a child with OCD. It can easily be adapted to group homes, multi-generational families, and recreational settings. This workbook is written in an easy-to-follow style that helps the layperson to grasp the concepts – even if they are in crisis! Thank you for providing this very useful workbook.”

Wendy Birkhan, BSW, RSW, social work therapist, OCD and the Family, Ottawa, Ontario; her own immediate family includes four people living with OCD

Helping Your Child with OCD is an easy-to read, practical guide for parents of children with OCD. This workbook covers all of the most commonly asked questions and will assist many parents who struggle with the day-to-day challenges posed by their child’s OCD symptoms. Fitzgibbons and Pedrick offer hope and therapeutic strategies to families in need of this resource.”

                        Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D., Brown University Department of Psychiatry

“Helping Your Child with OCD goes beyond other self help books for parents. Besides offering parents a thoughtful plan of action to help their suffering children, it provides a way for them to understand what their child is going through. It also focuses on the kinds of changes parents will need to make in their own lives. This will enable parents to be effective ‘coaches’ as well as improve the quality of their lives.”

Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania and author of Freedom From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program For Living With Uncertainty

“Whenever I hear from parents of a child with OCD, I experience a spasm of sadness. How can they help their child? Fortunately, this workbook is available. It offers helpful suggestions on a range of topics, including guidelines on how to interact with professionals working with your child and worksheets to help keep track of what is going on. It is an important resource every parent dealing with a child with OCD needs.”

James M. Claiborn, Ph.D., ABPP, psychologist and coauthor of The Habit Change Workbook and The BDD Workbook

“Lee Fitzgibbons’ work is well grounded in cognitive behavioral theory, yet she is an excellent teacher who is particularly adept at conveying complex theoretical concepts to patients in a clear and concise way. Nowhere is this more evident than in her work with children and adolescents. Helping Your Child with OCD includes the kind of practical hands-on advice that she is so skilled at giving. It will serve as a foundation for helping children get and stay better.”

Martin Franklin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and Clinical Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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