One of our favorite topics to write about is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD presents in a fascinating variety of symptoms and the literature on treatment is extensive. So, when we were contacted by New Harbinger Publications to review a new book on OCD for teens we were delighted. Free From OCD: A Workbook for Teens with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Timothy A. Sisemore, Ph.D. has been released this month. It’s worth a look.

The book contains 40 activities that are designed to help the teen reader overcome OCD. These activities are based on cognitive-behavioral principles that have been found to be useful in the treatment of a variety of disorders, including OCD. Each activity begins with a case example followed by written exercises for readers to complete.

We think teen readers with OCD will benefit from learning that other kids have similar problems and by thinking about and doing the various tasks described in this book. The text is clear and easy to understand. Dr. Sisemore, in his letter to parents, encourages counseling when symptoms are severe, interfering with life, or as he says, stubborn.

As a supplement to other treatment, we believe that this workbook is quite valuable. However, there are a few cautions. We think that most adolescents with OCD should be evaluated and diagnosed by a mental health professional. As the authors of many self-help books, we agree that many people can successfully work through some issues on their own, but at the same time, we encourage getting additional support. This is especially true for children or adolescents.

We’d also like the treatment of OCD to be at least supported by or supervised by a mental health professional. This can be done in many cases with just a few appointments spread throughout the treatment. But let’s face it; most cases of true OCD are fairly stubborn—highly treatable, but stubborn.

So, congratulations Dr. Sisemore on giving adolescents another tool for fighting OCD. For even more information about OCD, we invite you to read OCD For Dummies!