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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Thirty-Nine

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

Fall is finally here, and I am so excited! ‘Tis the seasons for changing leaves, hockey, Halloween, and (of course) all things pumpkin spice flavored! Now that the temperature is getting a bit cooler, I’ve actually had the chance to break out some of my favorite hoodies, which I always miss being able to wear during the warmer months.

I’m also very excited because we are officially less than a week away from the start of FrightFall! I’ve already got a huge pile of spooky books sitting on my nightstand, and I can hardly wait to start reading. If you missed my recent post about this upcoming readathon, I hope you’ll take the time to check it out.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to dive into the world of non-fiction once again for the “a book about a subject you are passionate about” prompt. This week’s choice was Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with OCD, by Cheryl Carmin, PhD.

A book about a subject you are passionate about…

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified introduces the reader to the reality of living with, and getting treatment for, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

In addition to discussing common obsessions and compulsions, the book also explains the biology behind OCD, treatment options (including CBT – cognitive behavior therapy, ERP – exposure and response prevention, and medication), the process of getting a diagnosis, and resources that can be of help to both patients and their families.

The author also includes case studies of people who have OCD, focusing on the obsessions they were struggling with, the rituals that were taking over their lives, and how their treatment programs helped them take back control from the OCD.

While Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified does focus primarily on adult patients, the book also includes a chapter about OCD as it relates to children (and teens), as well as a chapter about how OCD affects families and how family members can support loved ones who are struggling with OCD.

You might be asking yourself why I chose to read this particular book for the “a book about a subject you are passionate about” prompt. The reason is simple. While I am passionate about mental health in general, OCD is a topic of great importance to me because I deal with it on a daily basis.

I was diagnosed with OCD several years ago, and decided to pursue treatment when the intrusive thoughts I was experiencing made me feel like I couldn’t trust my own brain. It took me a couple of tries to find a psychologist who specialized in OCD treatment, but once I started following the treatment plan we developed, I began to experience an enormous improvement in my quality of life.

I purchased Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified shortly after I was diagnosed with OCD, so this is actually the second time I have read it. What I really like about this particular book is how the author approaches the subject. Carmin really does a great job of explaining the symptoms and complexities of OCD, walking the reader through how OCD is treated, and showing how getting the right treatment helps.

Ultimately, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified is a great resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about OCD. If you suspect that you (or a loved one) may be suffering from OCD, I definitely recommend checking out this book.

I do think it is important to mention that while books like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Demystified are a great resource, they’re not a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you are concerned that you may have OCD, or anxiety or depression, please consider talking to a mental health care provider.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, October 2nd. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for my review of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (on September 28th) and September’s Beat the Backlist update (on the 30th).

Have a fantastic weekend!

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