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The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Paperback – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244221
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This major revision of a best-selling classic offers the latest information about the neurobiological causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), new developments in medication and other treatment options for the disorder, and a new chapter outlining cutting-edge daily coping strategies for sufferers.

About the Author

Bruce M. Hyman, PhD, LCSW, is a Florida licensed clinical social worker and board-certified diplomate in clinical social work who earned his masters and doctoral degrees from Florida State University. For the past twenty-three years, he has maintained an active private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. In 1992 he established the OCD Resource Center of Florida to offer comprehensive services to adults and children with OCD and related anxiety disorders from all over the North and South America.

Today he is one of the most sought-after clinicians treating OCD and anxiety disorders in the United States. He is coauthor of The OCD Workbook.



Cherry Pedrick, RN, is a freelance writer with over twenty year's experience as a nurse who is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their physical, mental and spiritual lives. In 1994 she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which began an intensive search for knowledge, effective treatment, and management of OCD. She has coauthored many books for people with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including the first edition of The OCD Workbook, The Habit Control Workbook, The BDD Workbook, and Helping Your Child with OCD. She lives in North Las Vegas, NV. You can read many of her articles and learn more about her books at www.cherrypedrick.com.

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Very easy for a teenager to read.
Karen Clancy
Take this book BUT don t "stick" to symphtoms you don t have...look the chapter related to you until you feel strong, then re-read the complete book.
gianna
This is an awesome book for client and clinician.
JT

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kristin L on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
From a therapist's point of view it was encouraging to find a guide specifically outlining the most recommended and empirically based techniques for OCD. It has already been an invaluable tool in assisting several of my clients, even those who do not suffer from compulsions but just obsessions. It not only provides you with treatment modalities but also addresses issues/concerns from the client's perspective. So far it has been a positive asset to my library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
The authors of this book set out to create a clear, understandable, up-to-date guide to assist those with OCD through the process of embarking on behavioral change. They begin by providing an overview of OCD symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. However, as they themselves state, the "heart" of the book lies in Part II, which outlines a self-help program for OCD called exposure and response prevention (ERP). Based on cognitive behavior therapy, the key components of this program include exposure to feared stimuli combined with response prevention of compulsive behaviors. The authors strongly focus on tailoring the intervention program to the individual. Various worksheets are used to help readers create exposure lists, prepare for response prevention, and maintain daily progress logs; both real life (in vivo) and imaginal ERP techniques are discussed. In addition, many examples are provided in order to address the differing presentations of OCD from one individual to another.

As a clinical psychologist, I believe that The OCD Workbook provides a well thought out, structured, and practical approach to managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its often debilitating symptoms. Ideally, this work would be performed in conjunction with a therapist, but for readers who are self-motivated, this workbook is definitely likely to provide both concrete guidance and real benefits.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Shepard on December 27, 2007
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As a social worker, I'm working with an OCD client, and this book has been very helpful. We read it together and discussed the chapters. The book is comprehensive, easy to read, and has a healing tone -- not a pathological put down. This book can also be used by people not diagnosed with OCD. There are helpful hints on how to have a less stressful life and be more compassionate. You don't have to have OCD to be working too hard at some task and this books helps all with this dimension of living.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maurice on February 15, 2009
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If you have run across this review and or the OCD Workbook, you have finally found the BEST written resource available on the subject of OCD. After months of researching for my son I found that this book is the Bible in the field of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and the best resource to begin understanding OCD as well as creating a path for recovery. If your OCD therapist, counselor, or psychologist has not heard of, used, or is not aware of this manual then you need to find another individual to assist you in your recovery. This book is the GOLD STANDARD and EVERY well trained OCD therapist is aware of the content and various CBT / ERP tools taught to over-come and keep this disorder in check. For me I used this book as a litmus test to decide which therapist to choose for my son. If they never heard of the book, I knew that they were not an expert in the field and were not up-to-date or aware of the latest and most successful tools and techniques to overcoming OCD. My very best wishes and prayers to all who are beginning their path to recovery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JT on May 9, 2007
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This is an awesome book for client and clinician. Great simplified (not dumbed down) explanations and hand outs. Great resource for group work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geekdomo TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2008
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I use this book in conjunction with CBT and also the book Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior. The triumvirate is very important. You can do this on your own, I do however recommend a licensed therapist to assist you. This is brain surgery on a personal level. It requires a skillful hand that you, the sufferer may not have the aptitude for.

Ok, about the workbook. The lessons are short and easy and build on the previous lessons like any other workbook you have possibly used in the past. The steps do seem scary at times, but as the saying goes, anything worth doing is hard. The reward for completing this book is lessening of the veracious OCD symptoms.

As stated, please seek the help of a licensed therapist for help with the workbook. It will be well worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Clancy on August 14, 2009
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This workbook was great. Very easy for a teenager to read. I highlighted the places that applied to my daughters OCD and she went through the highlighted areas and worked and read those parts. Very good workbook!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WAN Adrian on October 4, 2007
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I've got the 1st edition when I was a Clinical Psychology trainee. And now I got this second edition after years of clinical practice. Changes weren't drastic ones, but they were nice one and vital ones.

User-friendly for practisioner, trainess, patients, or those who wish to get over the hard times with people having OCD.
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