Books, Treatment Guides

Loving Someone with OCD By Karen J. Landsman, Ph.D., Kathleen M. Rupertus, MA, MS, & Cherry Pedrick, RN

People who suffer from mental illness rarely do so alone. Their families and loved ones face their own set of unique challenges—problems that deserve their own resources and sources of support. This book is written specifically to the loved ones of people with OCD. It helps readers examine how OCD affects their lives and offers a straightforward system for building a healthier, more constructive relationship with OCD sufferers. Throughout, the book illustrates important points with the real-life stories of families living with OCD.

Loving Someone with OCD” describes clearly what OCD looks like and how it affects not only the person with OCD but the people closest to them. As someone whose husband has OCD, I love how this book explains that those closest to the sufferer can’t fix the problem themselves. They can only be supportive, stop enabling, and take care of themselves. In the end, it is only the person suffering from OCD who can make a lasting change in their lives.


Kathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD is a clinician at The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center, a private out-patient practice she opened in 2005.  Dr. Rupertus received her doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a clinical psychology program recognized for its training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  She has specialized in cognitive and behavioral treatments of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults for over 16 years.  She is a professional member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, The Anxiety Disorders Association of America, The Trichotillomania Learning Center, The American Psychological Association, and the Delaware Psychological Association.  She has written many articles and is a co-author of the book Loving Someone with OCD (New Harbinger, 2005).

Karen J. Landsman, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children, adults, and families with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. She is currently in private clinical practice in Westfield and Chatham, NJ. Previously, she specialized at The Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Cherry Pedrick, RN, is a freelance writer with over twenty year’s experience as a nurse who is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their physical, mental and spiritual lives. In 1994 she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which began an intensive search for knowledge, effective treatment, and management of OCD. She has coauthored many books for people with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Dr. Bruce Hyman. Now available in its third edition, it has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. In addition, Ms. Pedrick and Dr. Hyman have coauthored two books for teenagers: Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Ms. Pedrick is also the coauthor of the Habit Control Workbook, The BDD Workbook, and Helping Your Child with OCD. She lives in Lacey, WA with her husband and cats. You can read many of her articles and learn more about her books at


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