Many people have small habit or rituals that make themselves feel better. It could be a lucky item or a comforting routine. For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these behaviours are much more intense and disruptive and are fueled by unwanted thoughts that don’t go away.
International OCD Foundation
The International OCD Foundation is dedicated to providing resources for OCD and related disorders, including pediatric OCD. Their website provides information, tools, and resources for those affected by OCD. Information about OCD specific to kids and teens, and their families can be found on the OCD in Kids site.
Provided by the Alberta Government, My Health Alberta has easy-to-understand health information on their website, including information about OCD.
About Kids Health
Staff from the SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario have crated this site to educate patients and families about pediatric health topics. Information about OCD and how to help a child with OCD are found on this page.
Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia created the Anxiety BC website to create awareness about anxiety and to provide resources to aid professionals, parents and teens. Their website provides and overview of OCD.
- For resources about anxiety please view the FCRC Anxiety Information Prescription.
These resources are available to borrow at the Family & Community Resource Centre. You can also check with your local library or with The Alberta Library for the availability of these resources.
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Talking Back to OCD : The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” – and Parents Say “Way To Go
Each chapter begins with a section that helps readers zero in on specific problems and develop skills they can use to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions.
What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : Strategies and Solution
This book provides step-by-step guidance to parents of children with OCD. This books works alongside Up and Down the Worry Hill.
Up and Down the Worry Hill : A Children’s Book About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and It’s Treatmentand It’s Treatment
This children's book uses the Worry Hill as a metaphor to describe OCD and its treatment. This book works alongside What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Kevin can't go the sleep at night until he has done many things. He checks under his bed again and again for a light he knows isn’t there. He wants to stop but he can't
Willow Wonders : Why do I Worry?
A 7 year old girl named Willow shares her experience coping with her daily struggles with OCD
Payton learns he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With the help of his family and doctor, Payton learns how to manage his OCD.
The OCD Workbook : Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
In addition to providing day-to-day coping strategies for those with OCD, this book also includes information for family and friends about OCD.
Free From OCD : A Workbook for Teens With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Free from OCD offers forty easy cognitive behavioral exercises to help teenagers manage their OCD symptoms.
Helping Your Child With OCD : A Workbook for Parents of Children With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Created for the parents of children with OCD, this workbook offers techniques to help children manage their OCD.
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck : A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD
This self-help book for kids uses a variety of interactive activities to help children manage their OCD.
Take Control of OCD : The Ultimate Guide for Kids With OCD
Written for pre-teens, this guide uses a cognitive-behavioral therapy method to help kids manage their OCD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Collection
Thank you to our friends from OCD Program at Alberta Children's Hospital, part of Mood, Anxiety & Psychosis Service - Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health Specialized Services and the Calgary Public Library for their contributions.
Current as of: April 22, 2021