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Obsessive compulsive disorder

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Apps »

Disclaimer: we have not evaluated these apps. They are listed in alphabetical order, not order of effectiveness.

Calm - guided mindfulness meditation for smartphones and tablets; $13.99/month

Headspace - guided meditation for smartphones and tablets; free 10 day trial then $12.95/month Read more about Headspace: "The Science of Meditation" and "HeadSpace Research"

Live OCD Free - interactive application to guide users through Exposure-Response Prevention for iPhone; $39.99

MediSafe - medication reminder for smartphones and tablets; $6.99

nOCD - personalized mobile treatment tool for OCD for smartphones and smartwatches; $8.99/month

Pacifica - holistic tools to address stress, anxiety and depression for smartphones, tablets and web; free 7 day trial then $5.49/month

SuperBetter - helps build personal resilience for smartphones, tablets and web; free

Self-help books »

  • The OCD Workbook: Your guide to breaking free from obsessive-compulsive disorder (Hyman and Pedrick, New Harbinger Publications: 2010)
  • Getting over OCD: A 10-Step workbook for taking back your life (Abramowitz, Guilford Press: 2009)
  • Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A personalized recovery program for living with uncertainty (Grayson, Berkeley Trade: 2004)
  • Loving Someone with OCD: Help for you and your family (Landsman, Rupert's and Pedrick (2005)

Informational books »

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 4th Edition: The Facts Series (Rachman and De Silva, Oxford University Press: 2009)
  • Understanding Mental Disorders: A Patient and Family Resource (American Psychiatric Association, 2015) - available in the Sunnybrook Library

Last updated: November 2016