What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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"Excellent... for therapists and families interested in developing mastery [of CBT techniques]... What to Do When your Child has OCD"...

~ The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2012), Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

"Must reading for parents of children with OCD."

~ Judith Rapoport, M.D., Professor and Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

This book received the 2011 Self-Help Book Recommendation from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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This is the only OCD book with a companion book for children - Up and Down the Worry Hill (sold separately).

This book received the 2011 Self-Help Book Recommendation from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Step-by-step practical guidance and hope for children, adolescents and families to Triumph over OCD Does your child have uncontrollable worries and senseless rituals? Do you feel helpless and frustrated as you struggle to understand and help your child stop the bizarre doubts and habits that take over his mind and his life? Your child may be one of millions of children suffering from OCD. Now, there is hope and help for your child. Dr. Aureen Wagner brings you the latest scientific advances in the treatment of this beguiling disorder along with her many years of experience in treating children and teenagers. Using the metaphor of the Worry Hill, for which she has received international recognition, Dr. Wagner presents a powerful step-by-step approach that countless children have used successfully to regain control from OCD. She provides parents and children with the blueprint to take charge of and master OCD. Her skill, compassion and expert guidance will give you hope, energy and resolve to conquer OCD.

Key Benefits

  • Unlock the power within you and your child to overcome OCD
  • Practical, clear and easy-to-understand steps
  • The latest scientifically proven advances in recovery
  • True accounts of how OCD affects children, parents and families 
  • How to recognize early signs of OCD
  • How OCD is diagnosed
  • The most effective treatments
  • How to find the right professional help
  • Real strategies that work with your child
  • How to cope as a parent
  • How to work with your child’s school
  • What not to do if your child has OCD
  • Where to find support and resources

Experts' Reviews

"Must reading for parents of children with OCD.  Clearly the work of a skilled and compassionate clinician.  Just as important, it makes interesting reading." 

Judith Rapoport, M.D.

Professor and Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch

National Institute of Mental Health


 Reading this book is like having the opportunity to speak with a caring expert who patiently and generously shares knowledge based on scientific research and wisdom based on clinical experience.  Although there are other books on OCD, the clarity, compassion and sensitivity with which Dr. Wagner presents information make this comprehensive resource a must-read for parents, school personnel and professionals.

The OCD Newsletter Winter 2002

(Newsletter of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation)

Review by Lori Kasmen, Psy.D.


Every parent of a child with OCD should read this book.  I will recommend it from now on.  It is written in a very user-friendly manner, and the suggestions, advice and information are just what parents need to know.

Michael Jenike, M.D.  

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School  

Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

  Dr. Wagner, the author of the best book available for children with OCD (Up and Down the Worry Hill) now offers a wonderful book for parents of those children as well as for clinicians treating them.  Her intelligence, sensitivity, humanity, experience and clinical talents shine through on every page in this valuable addition to the OCD literature.

Charles Mansueto, Ph.D.

Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation  

  Dr. Wagner has completed and perfected the circle of treatment of OCD in children.  Her priceless book Up and Down the Worry Hill for children with OCD certainly helped parents and clinicians too.  But this book informs adults exactly what to do and what not to do when a child has OCD.  Dr. Wagner has done it again!   John Greist, M.D.   Distinguished Senior Scientist, Madison Institute of Medicine    

A "must read," essential book for all parents who have a child with OCD.  It provides just the right balance of medical background and practical advice.  Dr. Wagner has a wealth of knowledge and experience and she generously passes on her many valuable "pearls of wisdom" to the lucky readers.

Roger Kurlan, M.D.

Professor of Neurology, Director of Tourette Syndrome Clinic, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Member, Medical Advisory Board, Tourette Syndrome Association


A truly remarkable guide for parents, clinicians and school personnel.  Expertly written and organized, it does an excellent job of demystifying childhood OCD and provides clear and compassionate guidelines to parents for managing the impact of OCD. 

John Piacentini, Ph.D.

Associate Professor-in-Residence,

Director, UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program

About the Author

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist, expert in the treatment of anxiety, and international speaker. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and has developed the child-friendly Worry Hill® approach to making CBT accessible to youngsters. Dr. Wagner served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and a member of its Pediatric Subcommittee.

Dr. Wagner established The Anxiety Wellness Center in 2002 to provide effective treatment for children, teens and adults with anxiety. Prior to relocation to North Carolina in 2010, Dr. Wagner was Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry since 2003, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry since 1991. In 2007, she was voted Outstanding Psychologist of the Year by the Genesee Valley Psychological Association, Rochester, NY.

In 2011, Dr. Wagner was awarded the Self-Help Book Recommendation for providing the highest level of evidence-based best practices, from the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, for all her self-help books: Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions. The latter two books, along with her highly-acclaimed resource for professionals, Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: Professional's Kit, comprise the only integrated set of resources for children with OCD, their parents, and their therapists. Dr. Wagner has also developed a suite of resources for professionals who work with anxious youth, including Worried No More: Teaching Tools and Forms on CD, and CD’s of her live workshops for parents and school professionals.

Dr. Wagner is a sought-after international speaker who presents workshops for parents, school professionals and clinicians. She offers videoconferencing consultation and workshops for professionals.  Dr. Wagner received her education at St. Agnes College, the University of Iowa, Yale University Child Study Center and Brown University.