Hi, all. In addition to my sci-fi project, I have one other thing I'm working on: A self-help book for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
OCD is something I have, so I am—I like to think—speaking from a position of experience. I am, for the most part, writing about what this disorder is to me, which coping strategies I have found to work, etc. It will contain relatively little factual/clinical information, though IMO that's a necessary part of the book: describing the disorder in the terms of professionals, and listing potential treatment options.
What I'd like to know is how best to handle such a book.
For starters, it will only be short—I was thinking pocketbook-sized, or like the depression guidebook some of you may be familiar with: Taming the Black Dog
by Bev Aisbett.
Some of the questions I have are:
How should the obligatory factual information be presented? Aside from the DSM-IV, are there any other resources I should be looking at for that section of the book?
Should I keep from dwelling too much on my own history with the disorder? I know that question may fly in the face of my idea that this would be a "personal" book, but I get the feeling there's a limit I should respect with regards to how much I should talk specifically about myself, my OWN history.
And finally, any advice on how the book should be presented aesthetically? My thoughts are that the design of the book should be colourful, eye-catching and dynamic—like an extended brochure, with headings and titles that stand out, allowing the reader to easily grasp the gist of a segment or particular data point.
Any thoughts? Also, I have 9 pages already drafted, so I can post a sample of the book, if it helps.
edited 17th Feb '13 1:29:10 PM by Alma
You need an adult.