& YOUNG PEOPLE WITH OCD
One of the best way you can empower yourself, and the young person in your life, is by learning everything you can about OCD. It's also by finding out what support is available, and what resources are out there that your young person can access. You can find some ideas here.
Please remember than neither you nor your young person are alone in this process, there is ALWAYS someone to contact. It's just about knowing who.
Before reading through the following I just want to mention a few important things :
This page is designed for adults supporting children and young people
It is not suitable for children.
These books are aimed specifically at supporting family members and/or young people. There are loads of other OCD, and more general mental health resources available under the General Information section.
Some of these resources are aimed at children and some are designed to be used for children alongside an adult. Whatever the resource is, and despite who it is aimed at, please take a good look through it first before sharing it with your young person and use discretion to decide what is suitable.
The OCD charities are amazing and have spent years creating wonderful banks of resources and information for those effected by OCD. I would always suggest that you start by trawling through their websites and finding our what practical support and information is available.
The IOCDF also have an excellent website and a whole section aimed at supporting children here. They also have a lot of resources designed for supporting children and young people with OCD and anxiety in the school setting. It has sections for students, parents and staff. It's called Anxiety in the Classroom and you can find it here.
Unstuck OCD Kids Movie
This documentary is incredible and that's just the start of this fabulous families advocacy. They campaign tirelessly to help spread awareness and improve the lives of young people with OCD. It's run by Chris Baeir, the father of two daughters - one of whom had OCD. Their facebook page includes interviews with young people with OCD and the girls are amazing, often doing their own advocacy work talking about the sibling role in recovery and also giving a voice to the siblings without OCD, who are having to live alongside the condition too.
A lot of their work includes siblings and how to beat OCD together as a family. They are incredible and wonderful resources.
Anxious toddlers to Anxious Teens
Ignore the website title, this website is for all young people. Natasha hosts a wonderful podcast (I've spotted Chris from Unstuck Kids Movie on there too). It would take all day for me to describe the resources and information on offer here so it'll be worth you just checking it out yourself - its jam-packed with helpful information. Some elements require payment, there are courses available, but the majority of information is free.
Made of Millions
Although this website isn't specifically designed to help children with OCD it does a brilliant job of talking about the 'scarier' parts of intrusive thoughts - the ones people find the most difficult to talk about. Finding out that your child or young person is having obsessional thoughts of a violent or sexual nature can be worrying. This site does a great job of explaining what it is and why it happens.
The following are links to the main OCD charities book recommendations. They will have fully vetted the books.
OCD UK Books
OCD Action Books
These three are part of the same series and are wonderful - aimed at 6-12 year olds.
1) What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD
2) What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
3) What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake: A Kid’s Guide to Accepting Imperfection
There are also books on bedtime worries, feeling negative or 'grumpy', anger, and more. Please note most of these books are workbooks so if you want to buy used it would be a good idea to check they haven't been written in.
Dawn Huebner who writes many of these books also writes books for older children. A list of her books are here.
Standing Up to OCD Workbook for Kids
40 Activities to Help Children Stop Unwanted Thoughts, Control Compulsive Behaviors, and Overcome Anxiety.
Don't worry be happy
A Child's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
You're a star
A Child's Guide to Self Esteem
Looking after your Mental Health
You are Awesome
What's Going on Inside my Head?
Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen
The Truth Pixie
The Truth Pixie Goes to School
The Huge Bag of Worries
The OCD Stories
Stuart Ralph is hands down one of the best resources for those with OCD and their families.
The family often runs through the podcasts but these in particular are very helpful:
Unstuck: A Kid's Movie - A family that fights OCD together beats OCD together
Michelle Witkin - Siblings and OCD
Matt Shoebridge. This episode includes Sarah Dobson talking about daughters experience of OCD and how they cope as a family.
Recommended by others:
My Hidden Chimp
Prof Steve Peters. Chimp Paradox but for children.
When a family member has OCD
There are new wonderful resources coming out all the time so, as always, if you have any others that you found helpful please send me the details and I'll add them.
Lots of love everyone.