Freedom From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Conquering Your Fears and Managing Uncertain

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A preeminent psychologist's uniquely successful method of understanding and overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What would prompt People magazine to include a profile of a Pennsylvania psychologist among its pages of celebrity features? Answer: his groundbreaking treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, an illness whose six million sufferers are driven by anxiety over life's uncertainties to become enslaved by ritualistic behaviors.

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Overview

A preeminent psychologist's uniquely successful method of understanding and overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What would prompt People magazine to include a profile of a Pennsylvania psychologist among its pages of celebrity features? Answer: his groundbreaking treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, an illness whose six million sufferers are driven by anxiety over life's uncertainties to become enslaved by ritualistic behaviors.

For more than two decades, Dr. Jonathan Grayson's extraordinary methods have included taking patients at his Philadelphia Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center on an annual camping trip, during which they participate in activities even non-sufferers would find difficult to endure. They sleep in tents, use latrines without the benefit of running water, and take torturous hikes. Dr. Grayson's remarkably empathetic key to understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder empowers sufferers to not only surmount these challenges but also to make enormous breakthroughs in coping with their behaviors and feelings.

Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder offers a self-guided version of Grayson's program, a highly personalized treat-ment that focuses on lasting recovery and relapse prevention. While some experts emphasize medication to treat the biological roots of OCD and others stress its psychological component, Grayson's compassionate approach combines the best of both schools of thought. Reaching beyond the generic symptom reduction offered in other books, this unparalleled volume enables those struggling with OCD to stop the disorder from controlling their lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585422463
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D., is the director of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Temple University Medical School. A nationally recognized expert who has worked with OCD sufferers for more than two decades, Dr. Grayson organized the first OCD support group in the country. He lives near Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Part 1 Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Chapter 1 Uncertainty: The Core of OCD 3
Chapter 2 Causes of OCD: Biology and Learning, Not Biology vs. Learning 14
Chapter 3 Obsessions and Compulsions: What Sufferers Fear and What Sufferers Do 28
Chapter 4 Understanding the Role of Medication 41
Part 2 The Foundation of Your Program
Chapter 5 Accepting Uncertainty: Your First Step 51
Chapter 6 Exposure and Response Prevention: The B in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 60
Chapter 7 Tools to Counter the Voice of OCD: The C in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 95
Chapter 8 Designing Your Recovery Program 120
Part 3 Personalizing Your Program: Treatment Guidelines for Your Specific OCD Concerns
Chapter 9 Contamination: The Obsession That Spreads 139
Chapter 10 Checking: The Pervasive Compulsion 152
Chapter 11 Ordering, Symmetry, Counting, and Movement: Rituals of Perfection and Magic 181
Chapter 12 The Primary Mental Obsessions: It Really Is All in Your Mind 197
Chapter 13 Selected Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: OCD Problems with Another Name 236
Part 4 Recovery and Beyond
Chapter 14 Building Supports for Recovery: Beyond Exposure and Response Prevention 255
Chapter 15 In Recovery for Life 267
Appendices
Appendix A Therapy Scripts Quick-Finder 281
Appendix B OCD Resources 291
Index 297
About the Author 303
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