Do you have thoughts that seem loud? Do your worries spiral out of control and then suck you in? Do intrusive thoughts show up and make you scared of doing certain things - or not doing things - a certain way? Do you ever get a feeling like something bad might happen? Does this loud stuff make you feel alone, or worse, crazy?
First, you aren't alone - even if it sometimes feels that way. And second, you are not crazy. But you might be struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). And while OCD can be difficult, you don't have to let it have power over you. Instead, you can live a life full of meaning, great relationships and joy with the help of this book.
In Stuff That's Loud, you'll learn Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and ideas from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you break free from loud, spiralling OCD thoughts and behaviours:
- You'll learn to be curious about the world around you
- You'll use willingness to step forwards boldly
- You'll develop flexibility skills to practice everywhere and everywhen
- You'll focus on living a life that you give a $#@! about
Life doesn't have to stay stuck any longer.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 182 x 182 x 14 mm
'Stuff That's Loud is a book I wish teen me had. It's written in a comforting and encouraging way by clinicians that get OCD, and its treatment. But more than this, it's a book about exploration and invention of the life you want to live. If you are a teen with this book in your hands, I hope it helps you work through OCD and create the life you want, filled with all the fun, meaning, and adventure possible' - Stuart Ralph, author of The OCD Stories
'In some ways, the fundamentals of recovering from OCD have not changed. You face the things you fear and resist engaging in compulsions. What has changed, however, is the way in which many therapists conceptualize, motivate, and guide individuals through this process. Sedley and Coyne represent a new generation of therapists who have infused the recovery process with concepts like resiliency, willingness, and psychological fl exibility. Most importantly, they challenge us to live according to our values, rather than the dictates of our negative emotions and thoughts. And they do so in an informative and engaging way' - C. Alec Pollard, PhD, director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute; and professor emeritus of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
'Hearing and telling stories is at the heart of being human. Sometimes we tell a story that eases a friend's pain, or at least lets them know they are not alone. Sometimes we hear a story, and in it, we hear a way forward. Ben and Lisa bring together many stories of actual teens who have struggled with OCD. These are real people who have made the journey and are continuing to make the journey. They share their stories in the hope that you will join them on the road. There is a deep kindness in this book and a way forward. If you are weary of the struggle, read this book. Maybe in its pages you will fi nd some rest, fellowship, and a road map to meaning and purpose' - Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, professor emeritus in the department of psychology at the University of Mississippi, and author of Mindfulness for Two and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong
'Coyne and Sedley have come up with some 'stuff that's great' for teens grappling with OCD. Stuff That's Loud offers its readers easy-to-understand therapeutic concepts in a tone that is both credible and compassionate. The book acknowledges how painful unwanted thoughts and rituals can be, but rather than dwell on this, the authors consistently bring the reader back to a focus on the wonderful potential teens have when they learn to relate to their OCD differently' - Jon Hershfield, MFT, author of Overcoming Harm OCD and When a Family Member Has OCD
'Helping a teenager manage OCD isn't easy. There just aren't many resources to help them understand OCD in a relatable way. Stuff That's Loud successfully demystifies OCD, clues kids into what's going on with their brains, and, most importantly, helps them find a way to fight back. The book is everything OCD hates: Insightful. Supportive. Challenging. Encouraging. I highly recommend it' - Chris Baier, parent of a teen with OCD, and producer of the award-winning UNSTUCK
'Combining Ben Sedley's approach to helping teens with Lisa Coyne's skill in working with adolescents with OCD results in a great book. The skills taught in this book will help at any stage of the struggle with OCD. Every teen struggling with OCD will benefit from their work' - Michael Twohig, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Utah State University
'Much has been written about how to develop resilience in young adults. The problem in the past is there has been an inadequate framework and insuffi cient science to back up the claims. It is hard to teach children and teenagers about emotional diffi culties without triggering their interest, unleashing a variety of effective strategies (because nothing works for everyone), and offering empathy and guidance on how to apply these strategies to optimize their day-to-day lives. This short, compelling book is a pleasure to read, and I suspect even skeptical readers will feel the same way. The exquisite illustrations; the direct communication to the reader; the clear and concrete suggestions and experiments. I suspect many people will be helped by reading and rereading these pages' - Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, professor in the department of
psychology at George Mason University, and coauthor of The Upside of Your Dark Side
'Stuff That's Loud is hands-down the best self-help I have seen on OCD. If you're a teen, inside these pages you'll find a way to make your life bigger than OCD. If you're a professional, you'll fi nd the tools and language that will help you guide young people out of the spiral of OCD. And if you're a parent, you'll find the language to help you support your teen's journey into a life well lived' - Louise Hayes, PhD, clinical psychologist, and coauthor of The Thriving Adolescent
'Lisa Coyne and Ben Sedley have written an irreverent, compassionate, and informative book for any teen struggling with OCD. It's a pleasure to read, and it's grounded in ERP, the most effective treatment we have for treating OCD. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get to know how they spiral, and how to get out' - Matthew S. Boone, LCSW, editor of Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work
'If you're a teen with OCD, reading Stuff That's Loud is like hanging out with a trusted best friend: someone who's not only been there, done that, but is hip and cool, completely gets you and your struggles, and shares things in a way that you actually find useful. Lisa and Ben have created an empowering and engaging guide that will help teens focus not on what OCD cares about, but what matters to them. Every teen with OCD needs this book!' - Shala Nicely, author of Is Fred in the Refrigerator?
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