OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

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When someone is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are they've been living with the symptoms for a long time. People with OCD may have long felt embarrassed by their thoughts and behaviors, which may include fear of contamination, the need for symmetry, pathological doubt, aggressive thoughts, repeating behaviors, and obsessive cleaning. OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed helps readers understand how OCD works so they can develop better strategies for coping with their symptoms. This ...

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Overview

When someone is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are they've been living with the symptoms for a long time. People with OCD may have long felt embarrassed by their thoughts and behaviors, which may include fear of contamination, the need for symmetry, pathological doubt, aggressive thoughts, repeating behaviors, and obsessive cleaning. OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed helps readers understand how OCD works so they can develop better strategies for coping with their symptoms. This pocket guide offers guidance for coping with the diagnosis itself, discusses stigmas related to OCD, and includes help for readers unsure of who they should tell about the diagnosis. Readers also learn about the most effective treatment approaches and easy ways to begin to manage their OCD symptoms.

An OCD diagnosis can be a devastating event, or it can be a catalyst for positive change. Books in the Guides for the Newly Diagnosed series provide readers with all the tools they need to process a diagnosis in the healthiest way possible, and then move forward to manage their symptoms so that the disorder doesn't get in the way of living a fulfilling life.

This book is a part of New Harbinger Publications' Guides for the Newly Diagnosed series.The series was created to help people who have recently been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Our goal is to offer user-friendly resources that provide answers to common questions readers may have after receiving a diagnosis, as well as evidence-based strategies to help them cope with and manage their condition, so that they can get back to living a more balanced life.

Visit www.newharbinger.com for more books in this series.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Michael A. Tompkins book, OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, is a very helpful resource for those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In clear, direct language, Tompkins helps the consumer understand the nature of OCD, what treatment will involve, how to find the right therapist, and how to work effectively toward coping with this difficult problem. People with OCD and their families will find this book to be useful."
—Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

"What a terrific book for individuals who have the very real illness of OCD, whether or not they have started treatment. This highly readable and practical book is also an important resource for families and friends who don’t understand this often mystifying disorder or know what to do to help. I recommend it highly!"
—Judith S. Beck, PhD, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and clinical associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

"OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed gives those who have been recently diagnosed with OCD a head start on treatment. It addresses their and their families’ many questions and worries triggered by the diagnosis. Thereby, immediate support and anxiety reduction are available. In addition, the guide offers clinicians a wealth of information that can be readily made available to their patients. I strongly recommend this book to patients, families, and mental health professionals."
—Paul R. Munford, PhD, clinical psychologist and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center for OCD and Anxiety in San Rafael, CA

From The Critics

"Michael A. Tompkins book, OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, is a very helpful resource for those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In clear, direct language, Tompkins helps the consumer understand the nature of OCD, what treatment will involve, how to find the right therapist, and how to work effectively toward coping with this difficult problem. People with OCD and their families will find this book to be useful."
—Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

"What a terrific book for individuals who have the very real illness of OCD, whether or not they have started treatment. This highly readable and practical book is also an important resource for families and friends who don’t understand this often mystifying disorder or know what to do to help. I recommend it highly!"
—Judith S. Beck, PhD, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and clinical associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

"OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed gives those who have been recently diagnosed with OCD a head start on treatment. It addresses their and their families’ many questions and worries triggered by the diagnosis. Thereby, immediate support and anxiety reduction are available. In addition, the guide offers clinicians a wealth of information that can be readily made available to their patients. I strongly recommend this book to patients, families, and mental health professionals."
—Paul R. Munford, PhD, clinical psychologist and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center for OCD and Anxiety in San Rafael, CA

Library Journal
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can cause frightening and often misunderstood symptoms, and there's often a long delay between onset and diagnosis. Tompkins (psychology, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring) provides patients with a resource that will not only help them understand their diagnosis but also give them the tools they need to find a health-care team and work to manage their condition effectively. Tompkins begins with an overview of OCD and explains common types of obsessions and compulsions. He also reviews the diagnostic process, treatment options, support, and recovery. Aimed at newly diagnosed adults, the book is clear and easy to read. Tompkins intersperses patient vignettes throughout, which show how OCD can affect the lives of patients and those around them. The book also includes a list of resources, but it provides little information about children diagnosed with OCD. VERDICT Recommended for adults newly diagnosed with OCD, their family members, and friends.—Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr. & Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs., Richmond
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Meet the Author

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, is founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also author of Digging Out.

Foreword writer Jeff Bell is author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He lives in Benicia, CA.

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