Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life is out as a paperback and an e-book! I share my personal journey with obsessive-compulsive disorder, even some of the most heart-wrenching details, with the goal of spreading awareness and helping teens and young adults with OCD.

Eight young people contributed essays to the book, and they share their experiences with the disorder as well. Read about one young woman who voluntarily spent several weeks in a treatment program, another who had to try a few medications before finding the one that finally helped her stop obsessing, and a young man’s experience with exposure and response prevention — and more.

It’s available in bookstores and through my publisher, Free Spirit Publishing, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Check it out on Goodreads, too!

What Readers — and Reviewers — Are Saying 

“Every OCD sufferer (and their loved ones) should read Alison Dotson’s wonderful book, Being Me with OCD, without delay. Alison lays out the straight, unbiased facts about OCD and its treatment, along with the moving, hopeful story of her own recovery. Outstanding!” — Lee Baer, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, director of research of the OCD unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and author of The Imp of the Mind and Getting Control

“As a therapist who specializes in OCD, I meet a lot of people who have concluded that something is terribly wrong with them, and when I am able to diagnose them with OCD, simply having a name for the source of their suffering makes a huge difference. But it’s only the beginning of the journey. Taking in this radical new conceptualization of yourself as facing a treatable challenge (instead of being unlovable) can be overwhelming. Dotson’s compassionate and well-written story of navigating this journey makes for an excellent guide through otherwise confusing territory for the newly diagnosed. I look forward to recommending it to clients.” — Jon Hershfield, MFT, psychotherapist, OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore, and author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD and When a Family Member Has OCD

“Dotson shares her personal story of a lifetime struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in this honest, often-humorous title . . . By sharing her story, she aims to reassure teens with OCD that they aren’t alone and to encourage them to get help as soon as possible so that they can lead richer, fuller lives. Dotson employs an informal, conversational tone that will resonate with teens.” — School Library Journal

“Dotson combines her experiences with personal stories from teenagers, information on treatment, and advice on handling common situations, like dating and school. She does an excellent job balancing the personal and practical . . . A valuable addition to any collection serving teens.” — VOYA

“This book offers young people a candid, compassionate view of an often misunderstood problem.” — Foreword Reviews

“A wise and compassionate model for teens and young adults who have been newly diagnosed with OCD or are considering seeking out a diagnosis . . . This would also be an ideal guide for friends and family members of those afflicted.” — Booklist

“When you read Alison’s story, it’s as if she is sitting next to you speaking to you. Her keen insight, brutal honesty, and raw courage pull back the curtains on one of the most debilitating disorders. Thanks, Alison, for reaching out to help all who are affected by this disorder. You will help many, many people.”—Shannon Shy, International OCD Foundation Board of Directors and author of It’ll Be Okay and Hope Is on Your Side

Being Me with OCD is a fascinating and powerful book. Dotson does a truly exceptional job of helping her readers understand the variety of ways this disorder impacts the lives of OCD individuals, and those who are close to them. Although written for teens, I think this is a wonderful resource for anyone struggling with a diagnosis.” — Sarah Eisele, Goodreads reviewer

It’s incredibly well-written, chock full of helpful information, and most importantly, I think — it’s like sitting down with a friend. Her comforting, empathetic voice comes through so strongly in the book that you feel like you have a friend, a cheerleader, right beside you.” — Jackie Lea Sommers, Lights All Around

“This book was truly beautiful. As someone with OCD, I found this book extremely relatable. A must read for anyone with OCD, and for anyone without it to understand what we go through every day.” — Barnes & Noble reviewer

“I think I read this at the perfect time. I had just gotten to the chapter on therapy and medication options right when I was having problems with my medication, and it helped me solve it quickly.”  Lauren Reads YA

“All the short case histories in the world can’t replace a longer, more in-depth ‘chat’ like this book provides.”  Amazon reviewer

“I’ve never before read anything that captured the terror of living with pure-o before, and just reading her tell her story makes me feel so not alone. Wow, is all I can really say about this book.” — Elizabeth, Goodreads reviewer

“Dotson’s writing is easy to read, honest, and touching. I’m amazed, really, at how openly she wrote and how freely she shared her story.”  The Airship Librarian

“I am a mental health therapist who has worked in the mental health field for 25 years. I highly recommend this book.”  Angela Street, Goodreads reviewer

“This book would have been a fabulous resource for teenage me. It’s well written, very easy to follow and the short essays by other young OCD-affected people were interesting. More than anything, by sharing their experiences, it showed how varied in detail and behaviours OCD can be.”  Goodreads reviewer


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    • Sure! I’m not exactly sure how to work out the logistics of it, but we’ll figure something out. Maybe you’d send me a copy and I’d sign it and send it back, or maybe I can arrange it with my publisher. I’ll let you know. Thanks for your interest!

      • I have the ebook, which is really well written and a great intro as well as a reliable reference for questions between differentiating between conditions. I like it very much. Let me know where to send the money order/ check to. 🙂

      • I hope you get this–I tried to respond directly to you below, but that didn’t work. Anyway, my publisher said when you order the print book note that I promised you a signed copy in the “Gift Order” box. Then I’ll stop by their offices sometime and sign it! The perks of having a local publisher. 🙂

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