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Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior Paperback – January 31, 1997
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The technique described in this book may be quite useful for people who have the most common form of OCD - a fear that something terrible will happen if they don't perform some ritual. However, it's not really clear how to apply the techniques in this book to forms of OCD that don't involve a fear of some catastrophe. For example, the author never really says (or gives a good example of) how to apply relabeling to a tendency to horde objects, an urge to pull out one's hair, an irrational belief that one is ugly, etc, although he claims his techniques work for all of these problems. I suspect that these other forms of OCD need a completely different approach.
Worse, the author makes it sound as if beating OCD is relatively straightforward, and that if his technique doesn't work, it can only be because the patient didn't try hard enough. He seems unwilling to consider that his approach may not work for everyone, preferring to place the blame on his patients instead. For example, he describes one patient, Brian, who had an intense fear of contamination from battery acid. Brian would sneak to the scene of car accidents in the middle of the night to apply baking soda, which he felt would "neutralize" the contamination from a possible car battery leak.Read more ›
His program focuses on empowering the individual with OCD so that he or she can take an active role in decreasing or eliminating obsessions and compulsions. I often recommend the book to adults and adolescents who have OCD. When a person with OCD is engaged in cognitive-behavioral therapy, treatment is more successful if the individual feels empowered and does "homework" outside of the therapy session. This book reinforces this process.
I find that many people just do not have the time or patience to read an entire book, even one as good as this one. I have recommended the abridged audiocassette to a number of people who otherwise might never have been exposed to these concepts. Most of us commute enough to finish this cassette in less than a week.
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Great book. Been using the four steps religiously. Finally a book that gives you something to do/work on.Published 9 days ago by RKB_Jr
This is a terrific book for anybody struggling with OCD. Concepts can also be used for people struggling with anxiety. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Debra
Great book for anyone or any family member of those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!Published 1 month ago by Rebekkah Willis
This will help you understand OCD if you or a loved one is new to it. - Mrs. JPublished 1 month ago by Clyde D. Johnson
Handle with care! The author's tactics for breaking obsessive compulsive behavior seems to be hit and miss. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer H.
Having struggled a lot with OCD myself, I can honestly say that this book was life changing for me. Very helpful, practical solutions, not just a book about how much it sucks to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Mason