Dr. Helen Blair Simpson recalls good sources on obsessive compulsive disorder/OCD that women can access to learn more about this condition.
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Question: What resources are available for women who want to learn more about obsessive compulsive disorder? Dr. Helen Blair Simpson: One of the things that I recommend to people is that if they are considering cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD, the first thing they do is read a book called Stop Obsessing! It's a book that you can get in a local book store, and in paper back, and it's probably something like $15. The reason why is it really describes exactly what the cognitive behavioral therapy is. I say to people, if you know what you should be getting, then if you go see a therapist and this isn't what they offered to you or what they say they do, then you shouldn't be going back, but also this is a therapy you want to prepare yourself for. So if you can't imagine yourself doing this therapy, then it doesn't make a lot of sense to go to a therapist and be spending money to not do it. So I think it's really useful for people to really understand what it is. The nice thing about the book too is it starts with sort of what can you do on your own. So for people who have milder symptoms, who want to see how much they can do on their own, it gives you sort of a manual or an idea of how you would do that.