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Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT Paperback – October 17, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Fiona Challacombe is a research fellow, clinical psychologist, and part of a specialist service treating individuals with severe and complex OCD. Her research focuses on the impact of OCD on parenting and families and investigating the delivery and refinement of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for parents with OCD. Dr. Victoria Bream Oldfield is a clinical psychologist whose research interests are in the phenomenology and treatment of OCD. Professor Paul Salkovskis is a professor of clinical psychology and applied science, editor of the scientific journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and the author of Frontiers of Cognitive Therapy. He has published more than 250 scientific papers and recently received the Aaron T. Beck award for contributions to cognitive therapy.
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Somewhere along the long way, the American style of treating OCD has been completely over run with an almost obsessive focus on habituation and has lost sight of the human condition. To the point that the cognitive facet of cognitive behavioral therapy has been discounted,minimized, and deluded to the extent of it becoming basically just another form of habituation. in other words, on this side of the pond, the "authorities" on OCD will haphazardly point out the cognitive model in treating OCD, but will undermine it at every turn and spout out sayings like "habituation is the only option" The Beckian style of identifying and changing your reactions to hot cognitions, which fuel OCD, takes a back seat, and even worse is discouraged against. This basically ignores how anxiety and the mind work,
This book brings you back to the real world and makes it abundantly clear that we as people are completely capable of responding or not responding to any thought that pops into our minds, as we see fit, no matter how compelling or scary the content is. You will learn that is ok to ignore these thoughts, yes I said ignore, no dancing around it. I mention this, because this choice needs to be made clear to sufferers who have been inundated with all kinds of theories at this point, most of which directly contradict themselves when in the heat of battle. And besides, that's how the mind works, you either attend to a thought or you don't, you either make it important or you don't, anything beyond that only brings more undue attention to the faulty process and grants it even higher priority processing status. The authors obviously have a thorough understanding and compassion for all forms of OCD and not just classic washers and checkers. This is without a doubt the best explanation of how OCD manifests itself, how it is maintained. and how it is treated.