Coping with OCD: Practical Strategies for Living Well with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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When you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it can feel like your own mind is at war with itself. Instead of having productive and positive thoughts, you rehash the same worries and fears over and over again until they become unbearable. Did you really remember to lock the front door? What if you were to hit someone while driving your car? You may find yourself engaging in exhaustive rituals to keep these thoughts at bay. But soon, the doubts come back with a vengeance.

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Overview

When you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it can feel like your own mind is at war with itself. Instead of having productive and positive thoughts, you rehash the same worries and fears over and over again until they become unbearable. Did you really remember to lock the front door? What if you were to hit someone while driving your car? You may find yourself engaging in exhaustive rituals to keep these thoughts at bay. But soon, the doubts come back with a vengeance.

Coping with OCD offers a simple and engaging program that can help anyone with mild to moderate OCD get started on the road to recovery. This book begins with a crash course on what OCD is-and what it is not. You'll learn a proven, three-part program for recovery that uses safe and gradual exposure to distressing thoughts and situations, mindfulness practice, and techniques to restructure thinking. Additional chapters address how families can help, dealing with shame and blame, depression, and maintaining progress. The book also includes a helpful list of resources for further reading and additional support.

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Two professional secrets: First, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is more effective than medications for OCD in both short— and long—term benefits, and second, exposure and ritual prevention, the effective elements in CBT, must be done by OCD patients themselves. With these secrets revealed, how can OCD sufferers obtain CBT? Ideally, by finding an expert cognitive behavior therapist to guide their therapy. Since expert therapists are in very short supply, patients can also use Coping with OCD to close the gap between what is known and available. Coping with OCD provides excellent specific guidance so OCD patients can carry out CBT themselves. It is a welcome addition to the armamentarium of OCD treatments and Hyman and DuFrene are to be commended for writing it.
—John Greist, MD, distinguished senior scientist at the Madison Institute of Medicine, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, and director of Healthcare Technology Systems

Coping with OCD is a timely, informative, and readable book on obsessive—compulsive disorder, the 'doubting disease'. The authors give practical advice on understanding the causes of OCD, and changing the way that sufferers accept, reframe and refocus their thoughts so that they can live life in the present, maintain their progress, and get the most out of life in spite of the OCD.
—Eric Hollander, MD, Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and director of the Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

OCD is a common, painful, and often disabling disorder. People with OCD are tortured by intrusive thoughts and struggle with compulsive efforts to find peace of mind. The treatment of choice for OCD is cognitive behavior therapy. The standard treatment has been based on behavioral work using exposure to obsessions and refraining from compulsions. Cognitive behavior therapy is a living discipline, and in recent years exciting new ideas have formed what is known as the third wave. These ideas, in the form of acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness practice blend with exposure—based treatment to offer a powerful new way to separate the suffering from the experience of obsessions. There is a Buddhist saying that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. Hyman and DuFrene have skillfully blended the third wave with proven exposure—based therapy into an accessible guide to coping with OCD. They describe the path away from suffering.
—James Claiborn, Ph.D, ABPP, psychologist with a practice specializing in OCD in Maine, founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Obsessive—Compulsive Foundation

This book is the next best thing to private sessions with one of the country's best OCD therapists. Whether you're in treatment for OCD or not, reading this book will be worth many hundreds of dollars to you. It's packed with useful advice for everyone with OCD, including effective new treatment techniques.
—Bruce Mansbridge, Ph.D., director of the Austin Center for the Treatment of OCD

Coping with OCD joins the highest tier of other patient—focused OCD books. People with OCD (and their loved ones) will appreciate the easy—to—read and practical nature of the text. Hyman and DuFrene provide numerous insights and directions for challenging OCD symptoms that may help the reader learn how to think and act differently and ultimately gain greater control of his or her condition.
—Eric A. Storch, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Florida

This book brings Hyman's expert knowledge and clinical wisdom to OCD sufferers and their families with clarity and compassion. Built on the latest scientific evidence, it incorporrates the latest standards and directions in the treatment of OCD. Very easy to read, it tackles the bewilderment and pain that OCD brings and makes the complexities of OCD and its treatment quickly understandable. Full of practical and powerful strategies, this exceptional book will be a valuable resource for any OCD sufferer or family member. It brings sufferers hope, optimism and empowerment to take control of their lives in spite of OCD. I will recommend it with enthusiasm!
—Aureen P. Wagner, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, director of the Anxiety Wellness Center in Rochester, NY, member of the scientific advisory board of the Obsessive—Compulsive Foundation, and author of What to Do When Your Child Has OCD and Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Professionals' Kit

This is a timely and welcome addition to the self—help literature for OCD sufferers. The authors offer a straightforward and user—friendly guide to the latest approaches in treatment, integrating newer acceptance and mindfulness approaches with the tried—and—true cognitive behavior techniques that have proven so effective. The book is well written with an engaging style that communicates warmth, humor, and compassion. I will recommend it to my patients and others who suffer from OCD and to therapists who wish to refresh their thinking about OCD and its treatment.
—Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D., member, Scientific Advisory Board of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244689
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Coping with Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 458,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Troy DuFrene is a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in psychology. He is coauthor of Coping with OCD; Mindfulness for Two; Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders; and Mindfulness and Acceptance for Bulimia.

Bruce M. Hyman, PhD, LCSW, is a Florida licensed clinical social worker and board-certified diplomate in clinical social work who earned his masters and doctoral degrees from Florida State University. For the past twenty-three years, he has maintained an active private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. In 1992 he established the OCD Resource Center of Florida to offer comprehensive services to adults and children with OCD and related anxiety disorders from all over the North and South America.

Today he is one of the most sought-after clinicians treating OCD and anxiety disorders in the United States. He is coauthor of The OCD Workbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Help at last

    I have been suffering from OCD my entire life and finally decided to get help. I have been taking meds and also have weekly sessions with my doctor. When I needed something more to help me cope with the daily rituals I got this book. It really has helped me with my OCD in just a few days. I have been able to cut down the amount of time that I spend on rituals and fighting the unwanted thoughts or as OCD is called in the book, doomsayer. This book is excellent for someone that has just been diagnosed with OCD, it was written in plain English, not in medical jargon.

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