Here is a link to book list from the IOCDF:

Short list of recommended books:

  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing, Judith Rapoport, M.D.
  • Brain Lock, by J.M. Schwartz, M.D.
  • Imp of the Mind, Lee Baer, Ph.D.
  • Freeing Your Child from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tamar Chansky Ph.D.
  • Freedom From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Jonathan Grayson Ph.D.
  • Getting Control, Lee Baer, Ph.D.
  • OCD: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well, Fred Penzel Ph.D.
  • OCD in Children and Adolescents, John March Ph.D.
  • OCD Workbook, by Bruce Hyman, Ph.D.
  • Stop Obsessing! By Edna Foa, Ph.D.
  • Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals, Ian Osborn, M.D.
  • Up & Down the Worry Hill, Aureen Wagner
  • When Once is Not Enough, G Steketee, Ph.D. 
  • Loving Someone with OCD, Landsman, Rupertus, Pedrick


  • Aviator
  • Dirty Filthy Love
  • As Good as it Gets
Common Obsessive Thought
Fear of contamination
Fear of causing harm to another
Fear of making mistake
Fear of behaving in a socially unacceptable manner
Common Compulsive Behaviors
Repeated checking
Repeated Cleaning
Excessive Arranging