When it comes to childhood OCD, I am not a therapist. I am a mum who has lived experience of supporting a teenager through OCD therapy and coming out the other side. But it wasn't always that way.
Prior to getting access to therapy, I allowed OCD to slip into our lives without challenging it, and life became controlled by an invisible bully.
Thankfully, that all changed after therapy, and we eventually got our lives back from OCD!
This was the inspiration behind my Mind Monsters OCD books, parenting OCD workshops, and E-books . They are part of my mission to can help parents, carers, teachers, and childcare professionals spot the early signs of childhood OCD and anxiety in children before it takes hold and to raise awareness of CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
I am donating 50% of the profits made from my books to CAMHS.
Annabelle is a bubbly little girl who loves to play with her friends. Until one day something happens that makes her feel sad.
Leo is about to take a penalty shot, when Hank decides to start playing a counting game with him. Luckily Trixie the Treat Monster in on hand - and she has other plans.
"Drawing on her considerable experience of dealing with the condition and the insights she has gained through her own personal journey, Mrs Derrick has produced an excellent illustrated resource, replete with vignettes and practical tips, for families of children who may be experiencing the precursors or the early stages of an OCD."
Dr Krishna Menon MRCPsych, Consultant Child Psychiatrist & Clinical Director and Sian Carroll, Clinical Nurse Specialist of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Before supporting a child with OCD, it's essential to understand how OCD works. ..And to know how to tackle it without unintentionally making it worse.
Welcome to Parenting OCD Handbook, where I share strategies and advice on tackling child OCD without feeding it.
Meet Julie Derrick, the author of The Mind Monsters series of children's book who has experienced first hand the effects of OCD and anxiety in children.
50% of all proceeds from The Mind Monsters series of children's books are donated to support CAMHS: an NHS-funded branch of children's mental health.