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Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions [Kindle Edition]

Edna B. Foa , Reid Wilson , David H. Barlow
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Newly Revised and Updated!

Are you tormented by extremely distressing thoughts or persistent worries?

Compelled to wash your hands repeatedly?

Driven to repeat or check certain numbers, words, or actions?

If you or someone you love suffers from these symptoms, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.

Once considered almost untreatable, OCD is now known to be a highly treatable disorder using behavior therapy. In this newly revised edition of Stop Obsessing! Drs. Foa and Wilson, internationally renowned authorities on the treatment of anxiety disorders, share their scientifically based and clinically proven self-help program that has already allowed thousands of men and women with OCD to enjoy a life free from excessive worries and rituals.

You will discover:
• Step-by-step programs for both mild and severe cases of OCD
• The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions and gain control over your compulsions
• New charts and fill-in guides to track progress and make exercises easier
• Questionnaires for self-evaluation and in-depth understanding of your symptoms
• Expert guidance for finding the best professional help
• The latest information about medications prescribed for OCD


From the Trade Paperback edition.


Editorial Reviews

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“By far the best self-help book for people with obsessions and compulsions that I have ever read. Unusually clear, exceptionally precise, and immensely practical.”
— Albert Ellis, Ph.D., author of A New Guide to Rational Living


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"Regain control over your life. If you find yourself tormented by unwanted, disturbing thoughts or compelled to perform rigidly set action to reduce your stress, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It may be as mild a doubting whether you tumed off the iron before leaving the house, or it may be as sever as disabling as washing your hands for hours each day. But whatever its degree, OCD is distressing, uncomfortable, and can disrupt your life or destroy your most important relationships. Until recently, OCD was considered to be almost untreatable using conventional forms of therapy. Now it is known to be a highly treatable disorder using behavior therapy. Drs. Foa and Wilson, internationally known authorities on the treatment of anxiety disorders, have developed a revolutionary self-help program that can help relieve crippling obsessions and compulsions. In Stop Obsessing! you will discover: A series of questionnaires to help you analyze the severity of your obsessions and compulsions. An initial self-help program to overcome milder symptoms and reduce more severe cases. The most effective way to help you let go of your obsessions and gain control over your compulsions. An intensive three-week program for anyone who spends more than two hours a day on obsessions or rituals. Expert guidance in determining whether you need the added help of a professional.Stop Obsessing! 's powerful and reliable techniques have helped thousands of patients with OCD reduce or eliminate unwanted thoughts and rituals. Today, you or someone you love can recover and lead a normal life, free of excessive fears and worries. So why wait?

"By far the best self-help book for people with obsessions and compulsions that I have ever read. Unusually clear, exceptionally precise, and immensely practical"--Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy, and author of A New Guide To Rational Living.


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139 of 141 people found the following review helpful
By Russell
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have OCD and didn't understand what I had or how to treat it. I was treated with medication for 5 years and had to go off it because of liver problems all the while not understanding the kind of OCD I have. I had a relapse about 10 months later and really struggled for answers. I discovered the self help books here at amazon and found this book. I am a pure obsessive and ritual thinker and never scored high on any OCD test. This book helped me understand what I have, how to treat it, and has specific suggestions on developing a CBT program that works for me. It has been such a great help to me I can't begin to tell you. I really recommend this book to all OCD suffers but especially to you pure obsessives as there is not much out there for us. I read three books and this was by far the best.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Help That Works! January 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I had never allowed myself to seriously think that I had OCD, I was just a little quirky, I thought. What I had was a mild range of compulsions that relieved my anxiety - counting (silently)by twos to twenty, constantly rechecking to see if I'd locked the house, the car, turned off my headlights, feeling obligated to read anything that even slightly interested me (and most things did, because what if there was something in that particular book that I needed to know?), mentally repeating words I'd hear, and all the while I'd think something wrong here. Well, anyway, among the solutions I've found have been in this book. Train yourself to reduce the compulsions (mine distracted me from my real fears), it can be done. There may be not cure but there is effective management.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More help was gained from this book than with any doctor. February 28, 1999
Format:Paperback
After our son was diagnosed with OCD we went from one doctor to another. This book actually gave us strategies we do in our family to help him. He is finally coming around to a more normal way of life and is getting a grip on knowing how to divert his thoughts away from his obessions.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best One Yet March 5, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've read many books on OCD - I've been a sufferer since I was a child. This is definitely the best one yet! It offers so much hope: strategies for postponing compulsive actions, quizzes and checklists, etc. I have even tried a few, and they actually worked!! That's a new one for me. YOu definitely feel as if you can get help from this book. I congratulate the author - she must be an amazing therapist!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best self-help book for pure O's September 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've read many good books about OCD, but this is the one that offers the best help for those called "pure obsessionals".
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Obsessing by Foa and Wilson July 21, 2004
Format:Paperback
The book describes a host of obsessive/compulsive behaviors together with strategies to overcome them. For instance,
washers tend to clean their hands multiple times, take many
showers and repeat actions obsessively or due to shear habit.
Repeaters tend to repeat actions compulsively until they are
performed perfectly or to the perceived satisfaction of
the person with "a repeater" behavioral trait. Hoarders tend
to gather "things" out of a fear of discarding something
valuable. The hoarder may keep every possession ever owned
for fear of throwing out a single valuable thing. Hoarders
never consider the opportunity cost of space. As a self-help book, the authors identify classic situations that trigger these
unhealthy behaviors. Once identified, specific strategies are
provided to combat the undesired behaviors/behavioral traits.
A strength of this book is that it helps you to conquer a host
of unhealthy demons which trigger neurotic retaliatory
responses. The authors encourage readers to act contrary to
these destructive proclivities every time they surface.
The book is worth the price charged-many times over.
The issues addressed are rarely talked about or admitted to
during the conduct of public discourse. This book provides
readers with a private forum to discover their eccentric
behaviors without the penalty of public chastisement or
derision. The book is recommended highly for this purpose
alone.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
On the advise of my sister, I am purchaing this book today. You may ask yourself, how can I rate this book 5-star if I have not read it yet. Well, my sister has on the advice of her therapist. With the help of her therapist and working through the exericses in this book, she has overcome most of her obsessions (in under 1 year). Personally, I cannot wait to dive in. I am looking forward to the freedom away from my obsessions and compulsions. The biggest one is germs, followed by a range of other "quirks". Good Luck to you all. OCD can be beaten!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book April 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
OCD can be a devastating blow to the flow of everyday life. I know because I have it. This book covers all areas of OCD. From hoarders, to obsessive thinkers and worriers. This book can shed light on a subject that affects 2.5% of the population.
This book is an invaluable piece of literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective Evidence Based OCD treatment
This is an effective book for both therapists and clients, by a well known researcher in anxiety disorders. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Japanese Hair Student
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative.
Published 1 month ago by Shawn Roblin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tools here for the OCD and phobic patient
Published 1 month ago by cindi dingler
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK ABOUT OCD EVER! YOU MUST BUY ONLY THIS ONE!
If you want to buy book about OCD, which would help you, then buy only one book- this one! I have severe OCD many years and I bought four books about OCD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angry.Predator
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
It was recommended to me by a specialist. I've red it and I can say it is a very good book.
Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by John Conner
3.0 out of 5 stars I started this book
A few days ago and in the middle of it I didn't really see how it could help in my situation. Not saying it can't help anyone, but I was looking for tips to help my son with his... Read more
Published 6 months ago by L. Odametey
4.0 out of 5 stars More helpful than I expected
Most importantly, it offers some initially counter-intuitive strategies that I've found surprisingly effective against OCD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ensign Redshirt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I was at my last straw with OCD. It was driving me insane. So I gave this book a try… I'm extremely glad I did. It helps me understand that i'm not the only one going through this.
Published 8 months ago by Jessica
3.0 out of 5 stars OCD
I, personally, did not find a lot of helpful information in this book. It has some interesting information, just not any that helped our situation.
Published 9 months ago by S. Nyburg
5.0 out of 5 stars A marriage saver!
This was recommended to my husband and he is learning a lot about his problem! He seems to really understand more about his OCD now. Thank goodness!
Published 10 months ago by Sandra Taylor
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