Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior

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by Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Beverly Beyette
     
 

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An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally, OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs. The problem with medication, aside from its cost, is that 30 percent of people treated don't respond…  See more details below

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An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally, OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs. The problem with medication, aside from its cost, is that 30 percent of people treated don't respond to it, and when the pills stop, the symptoms invariably return.

In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it's now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world. Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the brain's chemistry, this method doesn't rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead, patients use cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. In essence, they use the mind to fix the brain. Using the real-life stories of actual patients, Brain Lock explains this revolutionary method and provides readers with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain control of their lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060987114
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
50,133
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 5.26(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D. is an internationally-recognized authority on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and is the author of the bestseller Brain Lock. He is a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

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Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a recoved from severe disabling OCD. When I first learned I had OCD 10 yrs ago, this was the first book on OCD I read and at the time I thought it was good & even tried practicing the first one or two R's. But, then I got into professional intensive treatment for my very severe, disabling OCD with the top CBT's & doctors, trained in the treatment of OCD in the country and I learned that ERP was the best treatment available for treating OCD (& OCD meds), not the 4 R's. The whole idea of OCD treatment is not to stop thinking about the OCD, but to exposure yourself to it, sit with it and resist doing the rituals. I found Schwartz's method tends to just replace a person's OCD symptoms with others. EX: By telling yourself, 'It's Not Me, It's My OCD', his first 'R', is just substituting one ritual with another. I have seen this happen first hand. There is a now a huge abundance of Excellent books on ERP, by all the top experts in the field, Jenike, Steketee, Baer, Grayson, Penzel, to name a few, all use ERP. I highly suggest reading about ERP so you will understand what it is and how and why it works, as well as visiting the OC Foundation website. It will help you do better in treatment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My doctor suggested I read this book in an effort to help me resolve anxiety-fueled insomnia. While I am not OCD, I appreciated learning more about this crippling disorder and how changing thinking habits and thought behaviors can help people manage their brain disorder. By putting my nighttime anxiety in the context of "It's my brain," as suggested by Dr. Schwartz, and using the methods to control my thoughts when they take off like wild ponies, I have been able to significantly improve my sleep, and hopefully, rewire those neuropathways. It has helped significantly. The techniques recommended by Schwartz can work for anyone who gets caught in vicious thought patterns that impair their ability to function at optimal levels. If only we were given better tools to understand our brain chemistry and how we can work to overcome thought behaviors, not just prescribed drugs for them. Short of serious neurological conditions that do require medication, I would recommend Brain Lock as a wonderful resource for understanding how the brain works and how, through education, thought exercises and practice, anyone can improve their own body/mind relationship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew I had severe OCD, but I didn't want to see a psychiatrist and have a mental illness on my medical record. So I found an article about this book online, and thank GOD it worked. I bought it at barnes and noble, read it for a week, then kind of dismissed it thinking that it wouldn't work. When my OCD became severe, I tried to read the book again, and this time I used their step-by-step approach. I have not had to do compulsive things for over a year now, and even though sometimes randomly I might have a compulsive thought 'like check to make sure the door is locked again' I dismiss it. So the thought is in my mind for a second, but I don't do the compulsive behavior. This book was a LIFESAVER. I feel free, like I can be in any situation I want to be in, I am better around people, and I will recommend this book to anyone who needs self help and who has OCD. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for providing this book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brain Lock is cited more frequently by some member of our OCD support group than any other. The simple formula beginning with, 'This is me, and this is my OCD' probably has helped more people than any other single thing in the field. It's a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book revolutionized, and dare I say saved, my life. After suffering excrutiating intrusive thoughts with my postpartum depression, I was diagnosed with OCD--this book helped me so much on my way to recovery. Dr. Schwartz' gentle, comforting, assured approach is so encouraging...please read this book--you don't need to suffer anymore!!
sandman42 More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book. I ordered Brain Lock for my 12 year-old son who's had a very difficult time with OCD. He's an avid reader, but not especially fond of self-improvement content. Beyond OCD he's also ADHD and we're watching for depression. Brain Lock had an immediate impact on his life. Brain Lock penetrated all of the "stuff" going on in my son's life and helped him, it HAS to be a hell of a read! I plan to read it shortly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for those suffering from obsessive thinking and behaviors. The author gives simple tools with examples that he reiterates - It has helped me very much.
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