Mr Worry (preschool/primary age)
This easy to read and well-illustrated book is suitable for adults and children to help them to gain an understanding about OCD and strategies that can help. Mr Worry provides a story that children can relate to and understand and is a platform for discussion between parents and children.The story follows a young boy called Kevin and his daily struggle with OCD. Kevin feels relief when he is diagnosed and learns that he is not “crazy” but that OCD is a particular way for some brains to manage worry and fear. Kevin begins meeting with a Counsellor who takes a playful approach in her therapy encouraging Kevin to imagine OCD as a little man called Mr Worry who is keeping a checklist of Kevin’s daily rituals. Over time, and with the help of medication, Kevin is able to listen to Mr Worry less and less.
The Author’s own son has been diagnosed with OCD and she has written this book to offer hope that OCD can be helped through medication and therapy. The important messages this book aims to communicate to other parents is that a child with OCD is not crazy or seeking attention; parents or an upsetting event do not cause OCD; discipline, coaxing, or ridicule will not cure it; and that there is hope for children with OCD.
Turtles All The Way Down (secondary age)
This book centres on 16-year-old Aza who lives with anxiety and OCD. Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (secondary age)
Filled with moments of deep emotion and unexpected humor, this understated and wise novel explores the complexities of living with OCD and offers the prospect of hope, happiness and healing.
Marry Robyn Plummer.
The instant Adam Spencer Ross meets Robyn Plummer in his Young Adult OCD Support Group, he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. Robyn has an hypnotic voice, blue eyes the shade of an angry sky, and ravishing beauty that makes Adam’s insides ache. She’s also just been released from a residential psychiatric program—the kind for the worst, most difficult-to-cure cases; the kind that Adam and his fellow support group members will do anything to avoid joining.
Adam immediately knows that he has to save Robyn, must save Robyn, or die trying. But is it really Robyn who needs rescuing? And is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but?