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Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey M. Schwartz , Beverly Beyette
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"A remarkable achievement! This book will make a world of difference in the lives of people with OCD."--Eric Hollander, M.D., Compulsive, Impulsive & Anxiety Disorders Program, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

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An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally, OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs. The problem with medication, aside from its cost, is that 30 percent of people treated don't respond to it, and when the pills stop, the symptoms invariably return.

In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it's now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world. Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the brain's chemistry, this method doesn't rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead, patients use cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. In essence, they use the mind to fix the brain. Using the real-life stories of actual patients, Brain Lock explains this revolutionary method and provides readers with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain control of their lives.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an OCD bible 1 Jan 2003
This book is a god send. A book is based on the authors wondefull work, and he has defied many of the scientists, stuck in the old, tired conventions, by scientifically proving that your mind can change your brain chemistry, if directed properly. The technique which he has developed, and spells out in this book, a god send for OCD sufferers like me, is fantastic.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real life saver - a truly brilliant book. 23 Sep 2000
WHAT A FABULOUS BOOK! This book really has helped me so drastically. I have had OCD symptoms for a good 26 years, and they have been getting progressively worse. Many times I have felt desperate, suicidal and as if I was literally going mad. I tried clinical psychologists and counsellers but they tended to advocate very time consuming and confusing therapies, not to mention the fact that they blamed my OCD on my poor Dad. When I got this book, I was at my wits end. OCD has ruined every aspect of my life. Jeffrey Schwartz's book showed me that (1) OCD is a genuine medical problem, as opposed to something you have only if you're "nuerotic" - which is how some people view me. (2) It accounts for many other personality problems I have that no-one else EVER connected with OCD (which gave me such hope that my whole life can be changed through therapy) and (3) That there is hope and that recovery is indeed something you can do yourself, without being bogged down by ridiculously complex exposure therapy plans. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Just understanding my OCD the way Schwartz explains it has given me great hope and peace - two things I haven't have for a very long time. Thank God for people like Schwartz who have a genuine understanding and compassion for people with OCD, and for the hope his work brings to sufferers. Waste no more time - get this book NOW!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge help - got me through the worst of it. 10 April 2005
Before I got this book I was very depressed and felt like OCD was making me crazy. I was in therapy at the time but this book was what helped me the most. Dr Schwartz breaks down the treatment and helps you get your head around it. With the help he provides I now feel I am on the road to recovery and feel alot better about myself. I'd advise anyone who thinks they suffer from OCD to get this book and don't delay!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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A friend gave me this book and it is excellent. If you have OCD or even a related disorder it gives you a practical approach to learning to deal with and outsmart your disorder.
Take me, frinstance, while I do not have any checking compulsions, I have suffered from anxiety disorder and occasionally intrusive, disturbing thoughts for a number of years. (Other than that I am your regular guy, you wouldn't know I had a disorder if you saw me). This book gives you a 4-step method of "reframing" OCD in a way that makes it manageable. Ultimately, the authors say, by using their method you can "retrain your brain" and actually alter your brain chemistry in a positive direction and thus reduce the original symptoms to something liveable.
Buy it (or have a friend give it to you...) :-)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works 16 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had suffered from multiple varieties of OCDs, to a point that my symptoms started to fit a whole spectrum of mental disorders. My OCD varied, among them, was compulsive writing - capturing and trapping thoughts. Anything depressing, exciting, emotional, gets written. For over a decade, my computer filled up with megabytes of raw consciousness text, post-it notes everywhere you look, full notebooks written in an undecipherable mind nonsense. It took over my life, I couldn't function, I couldn't let it go because everything seemed important.

I read the introduction, beginnings and ends of all sections. I finished reading it, went to sleep. Prior to that, I made a decision, it was that simple. If you want to change your life, do it immediately.

The 4 steps described in this book may seem like some kind of doctrine you feel is being imposed on you. It may seem patronising. However, these 4 steps have been derrived from intensive studies. They are the simplified formula given to you in its most optimised form, like an optimised computer algorithm.

Temperature of the underside of your frontal lobes is higher than those without these mental disorders. It is a neurological disorder which affected you psychologically. Change the cause of the problem - cognitively (thoughtfully) treat your mind, you are in control of re-engineering the filters in your thought processes. You attack the problem cognitively, you follow the correct thought process, and voila, from within, it manifests in a perfectly healthy brain.

The reason you've failed so far (and I assume you have since you are seeking help) is because you relied solely on yourself to cure this problem.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written with real understanding. 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This is simply the best book I have read on the subject.His truly
indepth understanding of O.C.D. transforms the book and Dr. Schwartz into lifelong friends and allies.He quickly points out the FACT that no matter how horrible/disgusting/frightening/etc your thoughts/obsessions or actions/compulsions are the FACT is you are not to blame. It is not your fault, you are not responsible for them. It is simply a chemicle imbalance.
You can then read the book feeling so much better about yourself
and feeling more prepared to fight the "war" against o.c.d.
One of his great sayings throughout the book is this : "It's not me, its o.c.d." A fantastic MUST,MUST,MUST READ.
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As a sufferer of OCD my entire life, I am now entrenched with this illness. This book gave me hope, and practical tools that actually work, to help get my brain "Unstuck"... Read more
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I liked the way this book taught OCD sufferers what to do to have a better quality of life. It repeats itself an awful lot but on the whole it is worth reading if you suffer with... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top OCD book
Top OCD book, I would defo recommend the Four Steps explained within this book!
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