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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2011
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This is a great book for OCD sufferes and their families. The book is comprised of several different approaches that all work together to build a helpful overall viewpoint of OCD and to also offer a way through the problems that this illness causes. There are case studies, questionaires, snippets of advice for family members, and exposure-response prevention cognitive behaviour therapy (ERP CBT) exercises proven to help people to get past the fears associated with their OCD. The book is very accessible and the writing style is compassionate and easy to read--I have read far drier OCD books! One of the main advantages of this book is the variety of the information and the diversity with which it is presented. Quite often people are not diagnosed with OCD for many years after it begins to trouble them. I think that this is because so many normal people (if there is truly such a creature) also have the same sorts of thoughts that the people with OCD have. Therefore, many people who do have OCD spend years wondering why life seems to be so much harder for them than for other people, since "everyone has thoughts they don't want, so what's wrong with me?". By reading through the case studies you have a chance to perhaps see your own problems; and the questionaires also give you a range of issues that OCD patients suffer with. Being able to identify with the cases and symptoms presented at a glance is great for people who might not be sure whether or not they are OCD. The vast relief you can find from simply being able to realise that, "Those thoughts don't mean I am bad; they're just OCD" is hard to over-value.

I have two issues with this book. One is that the author is, in my opinion, too quick to dismiss the potential of natural therapies. Really only one paragraph is devoted to this topic and he is brief and almost disparaging in his dismissal, stating that there are no studies showing any benefits from natural therapies. Perhaps he has not seen any, but there are actually quite a number of natural treatments that offer at least as much success as the standard presciption medication treatment that he is--again, in my opinion--a little overly fond of. This is a widely contested topic and the chances are good that you will already fall into the pro-natural therapies camp or not, but in any case, I suggest that you look elsewhere for solid information on this area. The OCD Workbook does not have any to offer.

My second niggle is with the ERP exercise itself--in some applications. In short, the basic premise is to repeat something you have an obseeive fear towards until you are bored of it. That's rather simplified, but I don't want to go into too much detail! Anyhow, I agree that this reduces the fear associated with not carrying out the related compulsion. (I can hardly disagree; studies have proven it to be so). However, many other psychological studies have shown far greater benefits for people who, instead of concentrating on their fears, move towards a vision of freedom. But there are no books I know of that teach this specifically for OCD, yet. Perhaps I will write one. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
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This book really helps explain what OCD is and all the variations in symptoms. It does not only focus on perfectionism and light switch flicking. While those are very important and debilitating symptoms to discuss, it's nice to learn what other symptoms are a part of OCD and what can be done about them. For example, violent thoughts and images/impulses. It's informative and helps you take action against OCD.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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I purchased this from Amazon based on Amazon's recommendation because of a few other books I had bought. I had just finished reading "Brain Lock" by Jeffrey M. Schwartz. I found that they were similar, but I already had so many tools that I learned in the other book that I found this one to be too detailed and rigorous. In my case, I would just recommend reading "Brain Lock" and skipping this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
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As an OCD sufferer it helps to read a book that is informative and, most importantly, sensitive and relatable. I found the background information about OCD and the different types very helpful and comforting. I am still trying to force myself to do some of the most challenging ERP strategies. The quick "on-the-go" strategies have been helpful. This book, along with other OCD books, have really helped me start the process of getting my OCD in check. The workbook especially does a great job at identifying each specific type of OCD and reaching out compassionately to the reader/OCD sufferer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2014
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This was an excellent book. I bought this for a family member suffering from ocd. It has helped a tremendous amount. He is able to live a normal life now and even though his ocd is not cured fully. He is back to who he was. Thank you for writing this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
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Recommended to our family by a psychiatrist who specializes in handling younger persons dealing with OCD, we are finding this book / workbook to reveal a wealth of information about this behavioral condition. An excellent resource for family members surrounding the person who has the condition, the book provides an understanding of potential drivers of OCD, and equips you with the knowledge necessary to properly handle and assist in treatment of those affected with the disorder, thereby improving the chances for successful recovery. I can't exactly speak for the "patient", but it seems that this book would similarly empower those with OCD with the background necessary to "break free" just as the title states.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
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This workbook helps because it asks the questions that need asking. Writing is a cathartic exercise in-and-of itself, and this workbook allows you to revisit your answers over time, to see how you were feeling, and what may change as you work toward freeing yourself from the grip of OCD. This workbook makes you think, face yourself, write it out, and challenge your thoughts/behaviors. I'm glad I bought it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2012
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The OCD workbook is a practical book that could be of immeasurable value to anyone suffering from OCD or to professionals who need to work with OCD clients. It has been written in such a way that it can be useful in terms of the clear description of the nature of OCD and of the different ways in which it manifests in people's lives. This makes it usable for OCD patients in helping them to understand what they are dealing with and to remove the guilt and self-blame that often is part of such patients. With the help of a therapist and this workbook they can effectively deal with OCD. As a therapist I found it most helpful in being able to explain the disorder clearly and to assist the client in working with obsessions and compulsions. This book can be recommended to a wide audience of those wanting to know more about OCD and to those desperate to change their own lives and those of others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2011
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This book explains OCD in great detail. It also gives you some written exercises to do which are very helpful.
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on January 8, 2015
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Coming from someone that has OCD, this book is well written in regards to explaining what this illness is and how to work towards finding some relief. Anyone suffering from this problem knows that it can be very debilitating to go through the motions of i.e. checking locks, making sure things are in there proper place and going through the same motions over and over, it is quite bothersome to say the least. The author does a really good job explaining this illness so that you don't feel like you are alone in your battle with OCD and that there is help in some of the problem worksheets that are included in this book. Your OCD won't change over night, but this book at least gives you a good starting point towards your recovery efforts. I am not associated with this author or book, but I would recommend their products. God bless!
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