Thanks to Ann's great book review, I purchased a copy of "OCD: A Guide for The Newly Diagnosed" by Michael A. Tompkins, PhD. I'm glad I bought it, because, like Ann, I also think it will be a good little reference work to keep around. I won't go into a detailed analysis of the book because Ann has already done so. However, I've a few thoughts I'd like to share.
The author explains a lot of the basics, so that anyone new to the world of an OCD diagnosis will have a good starting point to begin the healing process. There is a lot to learn about OCD and I think this book organizes the issues well.
I appreciate Dr. Tompkins' advice on finding an appropriate counselor. I even laughed when I read his comment on page 60, ". . . you will not find the perfect person to help you nor will you enter treatment without any doubts or unanswered questions." I have to admit that in the early days of therapy (like the entire first year!), I often wondered if my doctor was the perfect doctor for me. I believe Dr. Tompkins does a good job of explaining how to maximize your results from treatment while at the same time reassuring the reader that some doubts are to be expected.
I agree with Ann that the chapter on recovery is excellent. It was my favorite chapter, but I guess that makes sense because that is my focus at this time in my life.
There is also a chapter at the end of the book that lists many resources, including books and organizations, and even treatment centers. Inclusion of a list of treatment centers is an excellent idea as it can sometimes be difficult to find a comprehensive list of these centers elsewhere. The book resource list is lengthy, though there were a few missing titles I had expected to see in the list.
In summary, I would absolutely recommend this book to an OCD patient. It will take permanent residence on my bookshelf, side by side with all of my other anxiety disorder resources.