World Book Day and Books on Prescription

Today is #WorldBookDay and with so many fantastic OCD books available we invited our OCD forum and Twitter users to share their OCD book recommendations. Two of our favourite OCD book recommendations are 'Break free from OCD' written by three of the leading NHS specialists in the treatment of OCD here in the UK and 'Pulling the Trigger', both compliment CBT well and can be used during and post therapy.

A golden oldie recommendation for #WorldBookDay is the Twentieth Anniversary Edition publication of Brain Lock which was republished recently with new material from the author, a great book that's stood the test of time and is still sold today, 20 years later. 

With today being all about the promotion of reading, it's also the perfect time to remind you about the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme objective is to help you to understand and manage your health and well-being through helpful reading. The scheme is run by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust. It is endorsed by health organisations, including NHS England and Public Health England, and delivered through public libraries. The programme has reached 635,000 people in its first three years since it launched in 2013.

There are three Reading Well lists currently available, for adult common mental health conditions, for people with dementia and their carers, and for young people's mental health. A fourth list, for people with long-term conditions and their carers, will launch in 2017. Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals from the relevant Reading Well list.

Of course, you don't need a prescription to access the books, anyone registered with a local library can access the books, and many libraries now have self-issue machines so it's really easy to borrow and return the books in confidence.

The scheme includes three books for OCD, these are Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions by Frank Tallis, Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M. Salkovskis and Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by
David Veale and Rob Willson. There are also books for various mental health conditions that often run alongside OCD including, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and panic. The full list of titles can be found on the Reading Well website at:

Of course if you would like to buy any of these books, you can do so directly from OCD-UK at where each purchases will ensure OCD-UK receives a small donation from every purchase.


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