Recommended Books

The following is a list of books I have personally found quite helpful in some way or another by providing useful practical information concerning my illnesses, self help or inspiration and encouragement. Please contact me if you would like to include your own recommendations. Such suggestions need not necessary be specific to anxiety disorders, any book that you have found helped you in some way or another may be included. Please contact me with the titles of any books that you have found beneficial and I will be pleased to include them. A short introduction of yourself would be nice along with a brief account of how the book you recommend helped you. You need not use your real name. I am particularly looking for recommendations for self-help books concerning Anorexia nervosa as such seem to be few in number.

Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals by Ian Osborn MD. Very informative book about OCD, it includes a section on OC spectrum disorders including anorexia Nervosa.

Brain Lock by Jeffrey M. Schwartz.MD. Excellent self-help for OCD.

Just checking. By Emily Colas. Lively autobiographic account of OCD which nonetheless skilfully describes the torment of trying to live life with this debilitating and all consuming disorder.

Passing For Normal: A Memoir of Compulsion. Amy S. Wilensky. An insightful and informative autobiographical account of life with OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome.

OCD Dissected by Kirk Stacey & Susan Goater. An OCD workbook/manual for people with OCD by a sufferer of OCD. Coping ideas, and personal experiences. For more details and ordering information:
OCD Dissected

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. John Bunyon.
Written in 1666 this is not an easy read nonetheless this autobiography from the author of Pilgrims Progress provides a very informative glimpse into scrupulosity/ religious OCD and is well worth the effort to at least read the sections pertaining to his experiences with this manifestation of the disorder. I regret that I did not have access to this account when I was under the throes of experiencing the most appalling terror of mind during the initial onset of this type of OCD at a time when I was completely unaware that such thoughts and compulsions were the result of an illness. Those who suffer from scrupulosity/ religious OCD will feel less alone after reading John Buynon’s remarkable and insightful account. Also it is an interesting glimpse into a bygone age.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners should be available from the usual booksellers.