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The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD


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LETTER TO TEENS; LETTER FOR PARENTS; LETTER FOR THERAPISTS; HOW TO USE THIS WORKBOOK; SECTION 1: THE BEGINNING; 1.1: The Basics About OCD; 1.2: The Basics Of Treatment And This Workbook; 1.3: Why Do I Have To Deal With OCD?; 1.4: Why Do I Have To Deal With Fear?; SECTION 2: THE CHOICE POINT MEETS OCD; 2.1: Getting To Know Your OCD; 2.2: Getting Familiar With The Choice Point!; Takeaways!; SECTION 3: MEETING THE "ANNOYING OBSESSIONS"; 3.1: Unwanted Annoying Thoughts; 3.2: Unsolicited Bizarre Images; 3.3: Uninvited Urges; Takeaways!; SECTION 4: ARE YOU HOOKED?; 4.1: Buying Tickets To Compulsion City!; 4.2: Running As Fast You Can To Avoidance City!; 4.3: Asking For Accommodations; 4.4: Checking The Costs Of Getting Hooked; Takeaways!; SECTION 5: CHOOSING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE! ; 5.1: Choosing The Stuff You Care About!; 5.2: Doing The Stuff You Care About!; 5.3: Checking Your Fightonometer When Doing Stuff You Care About; Takeaways!; SECTION 6: GETTING UNHOOKED!; 6.1: Picturing And Naming Your Obsessions!; 6.2: Watching Your Obsessions In Front Of You; 6.3: Putting Your Obsessions-In-Action!; 6.4: Saying Your Obsessions; 6.5: Singing Your Obsessions; 6.6: Writing Down Your Obsessions; 6.7: Teasing Your Obsessions; 6.8: Scrambling Up Your Obsessions; 6.9: Refocusing Your Attention; 6.10: Hanging In There With Those Awful Feelings!; 6.11: Agreeing To Get Out Of Your Safety Country; 6.12: Messing Around With Compulsions; Takeaways!; SECTION 7: SPECIALIZED UNHOOKING SKILLS: EXPOSURE; 7.1: A Word About "Values-Guided Exposures"; 7.2: Creating Your Values-Guided Exposures Dashboard; 7.3: Using A Situation For Values-Guided Exposures; 7.4: Using Your Imagination For Values-Guided Exposures; 7.5: Using Your Body For Exposures; 7.6: Mixing Your Values-Guided Exposures Up!; Takeaways!; SECTION 8: MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR LIFE; 8.1: Discovering "Values-Guided Exposures On-The-Go"; 8.2: Moving Forward With Your Life; 8.3: Finding An Ally!; 8.4: Treating Yourself With Kindness!; 8.5: Getting Out Of Your Mind And Into Your Life; 8.6: Finding Your Choice Point In Life; THE END!; APPENDICES; Appendix 1: Choice Point Graphic; Appendix 2: Unhooking Log; Appendix 3: Values-Guided Exposure Reflecting Form; Appendix 4: Values-Guided Exposure Using Your Imagination Form; Appendix 5: Values-Guided Exposure On-The-Go Tracker!; Appendix 6: Answer Guide To Activities; FURTHER RESOURCES FROM DR. Z.; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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Gives teens the skills to manage OCD in everyday situations using ACT

About the Author

Patricia Zurita Ona is a clinical psychologist. She has written several books on emotional disorders and is based in California, USA.Louise Gardner is an illustrator, also known as 'ACT Auntie', who combines her love of art with ACT. She is based in Somerset, UK.


Dr. Zurita Ona has crafted an impressive, easy-to-read, and extremely informative book to support adolescents with OCD. Following an ACT framework, concepts are clearly presented, evidence-based, and likely to be of great help. -- Eric Storch, Ph.D. McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair & Professor, Vice Chair & Head of Psychology, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
If ever there is a time choice is critically important, it's during adolescence--but choice can be particularly difficult for those with OCD. The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD tackles exactly this. Using evidence-based therapy concepts, Dr. Zurita-Ona beautifully teaches teens how and why to make life-affirming choices that diminish the power of OCD and give rise to a full and meaningful life. A must-read for teens living with OCD. -- Jill A. Stoddard, PhD - Author of Be Mighty: A Woman's Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance and co-author of The Big Book of ACT Metaphors
If you are a teen struggling with OCD, this book is for you! Dr. Z. will guide you through simple, engaging, step-by-step experiences to identify what matters to you and learn how to do more of it, turning OCD into background noise along the way. -- Dr. Sheri Turrell, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist, owner of Life in Balance Therapy, Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, ACT Trainer, Co-author of ACT for Adolescents
This book is a gamechanger! I have put it on my "must-read" list for my teen clients, their parents, and for any therapist working with individuals with OCD. This gem of a book is engaging, easy-to-read, and contains essential research-based tools to help teens recognize how to use their own strength, values, and their power of choice as weapons against the pain and suffering caused by OCD. I love that it can be used by teens and their families on its own or as a companion guide to use with a therapist. -- - Dr. Allison Solomon, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Director and founder of The Virtual Center for Anxiety & OCD
This book should be on every OCD Therapist's shelf! This workbook is such a wonderful addition to anyone trying to help a teen with OCD. It provides a simple and engaging way to view OCD and offers concrete ways to work on it. It is definitely a book I will be recommending! -- Natasha Daniels, LCSW Child and Teen OCD Therapist Author of Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide
Dr. Z's teen-friendly workbook introduces the reader to OCD, ACT, Choice Points, and a large toolbox of skills through cartoon illustrations, diagrams, case presentations, quizzes, games and exercises. Engaging and informative, teens will find this workbook helpful in learning to better manage their OCD symptoms. -- Allen H. Weg, EdD, Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, author of "OCD Treatment Through Storytelling," President, OCD New Jersey

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