Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life

Overview

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the top five mental health complaints today. Unwanted, repetitive thoughts and actions disrupt millions of lives and cause tremendous suffering and distress. But OCD can be beat—and there's no more trusted authority than Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz to show how. Structured to mirror the steps of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for the disorder, this engaging workbook is packed with self-assessment and planning tools; carefully sequenced ...

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Overview

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the top five mental health complaints today. Unwanted, repetitive thoughts and actions disrupt millions of lives and cause tremendous suffering and distress. But OCD can be beat—and there's no more trusted authority than Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz to show how. Structured to mirror the steps of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for the disorder, this engaging workbook is packed with self-assessment and planning tools; carefully sequenced exercises; and informative examples that sufferers will relate to. By learning specific strategies for changing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that keep OCD alive, readers grappling with any type of obsessions and compulsions can find significant, lasting relief.

This title is part of The Guilford Self-Help Workbook Series, edited by Martin M. Antony.

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Editorial Reviews

OCD Newsletter

"Abramowitz uses his vast knowledge of the subject and years of clinical experience to gently but firmly take the reader by the hand and lead them into battle against their OCD....He has written a workbook that is meaningful, yet explains complex topics in an easy-to-understand manner. Abramowitz has also sprinkled in just the right amount of humor in just the right places throughout his book. Everything someone needs to learn to overcome OCD is provided in the workbook. Nothing is missing....All of the basics are provided in this workbook and taught by one of the leading experts in the field."--OCD Newsletter
From the Publisher

"OCD can make you feel alone, misunderstood, and trapped. With Getting Over OCD, all that will change. Dr. Abramowitz, a world renowned expert, coaches you through a program that can free you from your struggle with obsessions and compulsions. He doesn't soft-pedal the work required--you're up against a powerful challenger. But his warm and reassuring voice, coupled with a comprehensive, scientifically proven, step-by-step format, will keep you supported and motivated."--Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Don't Panic
 

"A top clinician has drawn on his extensive research to produce this first-rate self-help book. The techniques and steps clearly outlined here can help you significantly decrease your OCD symptoms. Dr. Abramowitz offers himself as your coach, and his positive, encouraging style will serve you well."--Michael A. Jenike, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593859992
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/2009
  • Series: The Guilford Self-Help Workbook Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 307
  • Sales rank: 196,213
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Abramowitz founded and directed the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. An award-winning researcher, he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Getting to Know Your Enemy

Step 1. OCD 101: Learning about the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Step 2. Analyzing Your Own OCD Symptoms

Step 3. Understanding OCD’s Battle Plan

II. Getting Ready

Step 4. Customizing Your Action Plan

Step 5. Strengthening Your Resolve to Move Forward

III. Your Treatment Program

Gathering Your Forces

Step 6. Attacking OCD at Its Foundation: Thinking Errors

Step 7. Defeating Avoidance Behavior

Step 8. Defeating Obsessional Thoughts, Doubts, and Images

Step 9. Defeating Your Compulsive Urges

Putting It All Together

Step 10. Ending Your Program and Staying Well

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