There are a lot of self help books out there. The market is saturated, and the quality varies tremendously. If you struggle with OCD, there are some good options, but here is my favorite: Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jonathon Grayson, Ph.D.
The book focuses heavily on living with uncertainty. This focus is unique and accurately captures a core problem that folks with OCD (and many others!) struggle with. The author offers both a clear rationale for why accepting uncertainty is required for recovery, and concrete strategies for how to do that.
It is very clear that the author is a clinician who actually sees lots and lots of patients with OCD. I’ve met with hundreds of people with OCD, and as I read these books I think about how they would react to what is written. As I read this, I hear the author doing the same. He’s anticipating their “ya, but…”s, their head nods, their sometimes idiosyncratic fears, and the VERY WIDE RANGE of symptoms they struggle with. Some OCD books stick to the basic checkers and washers, and yet in real clinical work, we see a tremendous variability in content of obsessions and compulsions, though the process is often the same. It’s clear he really gets the OCD experience.
This book is filled with strategies that have been tested with solid scientific methods, and that tend to work for most people with this disorder. It’s meaty, dense, packed with information and strategies for getting better. And these strategies are grounded in research, in evidence. This is important. If you are struggling with OCD, go with the approach that has the best shot at helping.
If you struggle with OCD, check out this book. I bet it will resonate. If you need more help facing your OCD fears, I’d also be happy to talk with you.