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OBSESSED: The Compulsions and Creations of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Volk , Pamela Weintraub
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In OBSESSED: The Compulsions and Creations of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, author Steve Volk ventures deep into the mind of Jeffrey Schwartz, a controversial, often combative psychiatrist and expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Schwartz is best known to the public as the man who coached Leonardo DiCaprio for his Oscar-nominated role as the OCD-afflicted billionaire Howard Hughes in The Aviator. But his extraordinary professional contribution, achieved through a lifetime of obsessive work, is a breakthrough therapy that has helped free thousands of OCD sufferers from their habitual behaviors, compulsions and irrational fears.

Considered a pariah among his academic peers, Schwartz’s unconventional treatment methods draw on his fascination with the Holocaust, his experience with Buddhist meditation and his pioneering work documenting the neural circuitry of OCD. By teaching his adult patients to willfully rewire their brains and reverse their disease, Schwartz has challenged the prevailing view in neuroscience that free will is dead.

Veteran journalist Steve Volk, a senior writer at Philadelphia Magazine, skillfully balances the groundbreaking research of a philosopher-scientist with the story of a man battling demons of his own. Schwartz’s most pressing battle may actually be the one he fights against his compulsions and social awkwardness in his quest to find some accurate, workable definition of humanity that can help us overcome our darkest, most primitive selves.

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  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Discover magazine (August 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EO4R3SK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent read. The author demonstrated a great deal of compassion for the embattled scientist. It was refreshing to read about a scientist is both a philosopher and a researcher. I was inspired by his journey and chosen path.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A four-step process for OCD February 3, 2014
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I read the Discovery Magazine article about Dr. Schwartz written by Steve Volk and enjoyed it enough to buy the book. It turned out to be only a little deeper treatment of the article but it was well worth the price.

Schwartz's ground breaking work on OCD is applicable to a number of mental issues I think. His four step process for breaking the chain of obsessive habits is an amazing insight.

This is well written and a great read. I am only now beginning to see the value of mindfulness that is part of the process.
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Very interesting discussion of the research leading to a treatment of OCD. Easy to read. While the author was describing the research and insight leading to a treatment method for OCD, you slowly realized why the researcher was so interested in finding a non-pharmaceutical treatment. If you have OCD or suspect you may have OCD tendencies, this book describes how the researcher put his method into practice to help his patients and you how you might benefit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing December 2, 2013
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Intriguing look at OCD and using mindfulness to change behaviors. Will pass this along to friends and family who are looking for solutions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Under "Brain Lock," It's Under ... November 1, 2013
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As someone who was able to overcome OCD (in 1981) after 14 slavish years (without medication or treatment, but with a lot of "help" from a year-long stretch of incapacitating depression), I couldn't resist this kindle single. "Obsessed" covers the quirks (and compusions) of the inimitable Dr. Schwartz, his work over the past two decades, the medical community's resistance to his "self-directed neuroplasticity" in adults, as well as the doctor's four-step process to overcoming OCD. If your only reason for purchasing the piece is to obtain that information, the steps are available on wikipedia under "Brain Lock" (a term Schwartz coined, and the name of one of his books).
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