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Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life (Guilford Self-Help Workbook) 0th Edition

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"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
 
 


"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 2009-05-01)

About 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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Product Details

  • Series: Guilford Self-Help Workbook
  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press (April 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593859996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593859992
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been going to a psychiatrist since 2007. I am 28. I have been diagnosed with ocd and I am still on meds. I've tried various self-help stuff. My last effort was completing the attacking anxiety program from the Midwest center. I am in talk therapy now, but that is only vaguely helpful. Whether you think you have ocd or ocpd, use this book. As it later states, everyone has scary thoughts. OCD is just extreme anxiety. Everyone could benefit from this book I am sure. I made it to step eight before starting over, because I did too much exposure at once, producing an awful backslide. Now I'm back on the horse. I restarted this book. I read ten minutes each day and make notes. I periodically review the notes for each day. It sucks having to face my fears, but I love the freedom. My doctor is great, but this book grounds me in reality in between the visits. Getting over anxiety and depression is hit and miss, trial and error. It is a life-long process. But stress is necessary for survival. If you keep trying, one should succeed. Even if you have doubts, do something. One percent of happiness is better than doing nothing at all. The book also says to have faith and learn to deal with uncertainty. I'm not religious or spiritual, but I have faith that nature will guide me through this.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've some rituals to do, for tomorrow is a new day, full of opportunities for gradual exposure and a lot of discomfort. :) Best of luck to you all.
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Abramowitz's book is both approachable and informative. The book presents numerous helpful strategies in an easy to read format. The worksheets and personal examples provide exactly what is needed for people with OCD. I would enthusiastically recommend this to anyone interested learning more about OCD and getting help overcoming this disorder. It would also be a fantastic resource for family and friends of those affected. This book has lots of useful strategies that aren't available in other OCD self-help books.
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Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D. has written a thoughtful, clear, well-organized and detailed, evidence based, self help workbook addressing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The book's engaging, direct manner should appeal to a broad range of people confronting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in its many forms and dimensions. If the manual is used appropriately, I think it has the potential to become one of only a hand-full of such books commonly recommended to clients by professional psychologists in the treatment of OCD.

Overall, based on my experiences form 30 years of practice as a clinical psychologist,and given the following caveats, I strongly recommend consideration of Dr. Abramowitz's workbook as a worthwhile resource in the treatment of OCD.
The concerns and reservations that I do have about this treatment manual are those that I hold in general about the use of do-it-yourself mental health work books:

1. Self-help books, used in isolation, are difficult to effectively read and digest in their entirety, especially in focusing on the parts most applicable and beneficial to one-self. "Taking back your life" minimizes how truly difficult it is to cope with having OCD and to effectively change and then maintain the change.

Ask yourself, "Do I really have the time, motivation and persistence to slowly and thoughtfully work my way through the book and persevere in its application? Consider obtaining assistance and support from an experienced and informed psychologist, and to incorporate the present workbook in this situation.

2. As a mental health professional, will you really read, study and become familiar with the workbook in its entirety?
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This workbook is the best and I've read them all. What makes this workbook stand out is its comprehensiveness. It covers every type of OCD symptom and has a individualized plan for each type. This is one is different because it covers your thought processes (cognitive therapy) before you even get into the behavior therapy (CBT) which is at the heart of recovery.

I've had OCD for over twenty years and this workbook has helped me tremendously. I recommend it highly whether you go it alone or with a therapist.
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My counselor actually introduced this book to me. We took a step or two each session. I ended up buying it because I knew I would want to reference it in the future--it's that good. The first few chapters were so informative. It was like example after example was my life. I couldn't find anything like this in an internet article. This book completely understands me!

I'm on step 6. I plan on finishing, but step 6 is when you really face your anxiety (exposure). Phew...I'm going to do this :) I would really recommend that you go through this book with a professional, though, like the author suggests. I don't think it would have helped as much without my counselor. I give this four stars because I haven't finished the book...but that's because of my own personal issues and not really the books fault. (You've got to do the work!) Even if you can't get a therapist, I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like they might be ocd. If anything, it will just validate that you really do have a problem and that you aren't crazy. For that reason, this book has greatly improved my life.
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