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Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT [Paperback]

Dr. Fiona Challacombe , Dr. Victoria Bream Oldfield , Paul M Salkovskis
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1 Sep 2011

Are you plagued by obsessive thoughts, rituals or routines? Would you like to regain control over your behaviour and cast your fears aside?

Whether you are compelled to wash your hands more and more thoroughly or feel the need to keep checking that you've turned off appliances, obsessive worries can be a drain on daily life. However, you don't need to suffer any more. This practical guide, written by three leading cognitive behavioural therapy experts, enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a simple plan to help you conquer OCD.

Includes: detailed information on the many different manifestations of OCD; the differences between normal and obsessive worries; clear information on treating your individual problem; real-life case studies and examples; and advice and support for friends and family of OCD sufferers.

Whether your condition is mild or severe, this definitive resource will help you reclaim your life and keep OCD away for good.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091939690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091939694
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My number one recommendation OCD self-help book." (Ashley Fulwood, Chief Exec of OCD-UK)

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An extensive and practical guide to overcoming OCD through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best self-help book for OCD I have ever read! 24 Oct 2011
Before I start this review, I should point out for reasons of clarity that I am the Chief Executive of the national charity OCD-UK, but more than that, I am someone with OCD myself. So when reading the book, I read it from a personal perspective, as someone with OCD.

The press release for the book describes this as a practical guide written by three leading Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) experts which enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a clear plan to help you conquer OCD. The book does not fail to offer just that!

If you believe that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is primarily a psychological illness and that Cognitive Behavioural Treatment (CBT) holds the key to restoring good health then this is the book for you.

Unlike most other OCD books, this book spends a significant amount of time discussing the cognitive aspect of CBT, and helping the reader to understand the mechanisms which drive our obsessive thinking. By doing this, the behavioural exercises which are required to help us overcome this insidious illness make all the more sense, that is what marks this book out from others.

Throughout the book the authors write in a gentle, kind, supportive and most importantly, a positive manner, which like any good therapist helps us relax and feel at ease with the authors and what they write.

It's written in such an easy to understand style, that is neither too simplistic nor too scientific, which means that this book will be helpful for anyone affected by OCD, from late teens, through to older people, it is written in a style that will benefit people of all ages.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please buy 24 July 2012
By Matt
I have had OCD to do with checking and contamination to a level which made me feel a sense of distance from enjoying life for at least 7 years. I recently undertook Cbt via a referral by my doctor. Please do this if you haven't already. You know your problem and make them listen. The Cbt was six sessions and has really helped. You learn that OCD is a problem that can be managed. The ideas in this book follow what I learnt from a professional clinical psychologist. And you learn that exposure is needed but there are things to learn on top of this to allow you to see the sense in doing it. Exposure is only one part of the jigsaw. I think this book succeeds in getting this across where every other OCD book I have read has disappointed and left me feeling hopeless. So please 1) go see a doctor. Talk about referral to a mental health service that offers Cbt. Cbt comes in different forms for different problems .2) take some medication advice from a doctor- this doesn't have to be a life long thing. 3) buy this book. This review comes from someone that knows the misery and hopelessness and us further along the path to recovery or management of OCD than I ever thought possible. There is a better life waiting. Take action get help!!!:-)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A quick brief about me, I'm a sufferer of Intrusive Thoughts or Harm OCD (I really just prefer to use the term OCD however!) and recently found out I was pregnant (which sent my anxiety in overdrive) It was the worst thing that could of happened to me with my thoughts, or is it? "I am not my thoughts, OCD is just a big fat liar, a bully of the mental world" It would be easy to give into what OCD makes me feel/think, but that has got me nowhere so I'm fighting back! I deserve happiness, bullies didn't stop me getting where I am today so neither is this one!

I have read many books regarding OCD, this is one with a difference! It has a person-centred approach basis - giving clear examples of what the OCD sufferer thinks/predicts/feels. This without all the other jargon that other books seem to portray - books that are really directed at the already professional in the field, for a sufferer which only adds more unnecessary information to ponder on an already tired mind. This book enables you to work it out yourself, the resemblances that the authors (Dr. and Professor) give you to really make something "click"... It is important to note when I say "work it out yourself" I don't mean your brain working in overload, merely seeing the disorder through different eyes. For instance "Someone with OCD is on the lookout for danger, through sensitive emotions, sees danger immediately (naturally) as a pose to observing, before concluding the worst case scenario" I feel this book is the only one that confidently lets the sufferer practice Exposure and Response technique, without putting in much effort and in a non scary increased anxiety state, thus a neutralizing way. Books I have read previously, have made me question "What is worse?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gold standard of OCD self-help books 28 April 2012
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I've purchased quite a few OCD self-help books over the years, as a sufferer I have found them useful, along with professional treatment. I wasn't particularly looking for another OCD book but when I saw that this one has recently been published and that one of the authors is the renowned Prof. Paul Salkovskis I thought it was worth a go. I'm glad I did as I found it to be excellent. The book has a very clear focus on the problem that is at the root of OCD, worrying about thoughts. It describes this in detail and then provides practical, effective and easy to understand CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) exercises and advice to tackle the problem.

It is an up-to-date book written in a modern style which I again found useful. It doesn't give a miracle cure for OCD as there isn't one, the book says this itself. However it gives help that can and does work along with an optomistic message that OCD really can be beaten. I've read other OCD books that are written in a different style, focus on particular manifestations of the disease, or present CBT treatment in a slightly different way. I've found all of them helpful in some way but this book stands out as the one I would recommend before any other, ultimately because I think it is the most straightforward and most practical OCD book I've read. If you think you may have OCD, have recently been diagnosed, or like me have previously had treatment for the condition, I would say buy this book. And my best wishes for the future, you can beat this disease.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful book. A great help.
Published 3 days ago by Andrew H.
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit long and difficult to read, however I still recommend it.
A bit long and difficult to read, however I still recommend it.
Published 16 days ago by Benjamin Britcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book and will be of a great help to ...
Good book and will be of a great help to anyone with OCD and would make people realise that the thoughts they have are experienced by thousands of others.
Published 18 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book for those suffering with ocd.
This book is a very helpful tool in understanding ocd, and how you can start to overcome the disorder. It's logical, clear and well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by matt
4.0 out of 5 stars In depth look at the various aspects of the condition ...
In depth look at the various aspects of the condition with some top notch advise by the three experts in the field !
Published 1 month ago by DIG
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I recommend this book to all my clients - I'm a CBT therapist

The book is written by Paul Salkovskis, the big cheese in all things OCD related

Very easily... Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars just get it
As a student cbt therapist this book is invaluable.a must for anyone treating ocd.
Made my understanding of the best books on my shelf.
Published 2 months ago by Gareth Heron
5.0 out of 5 stars Provided me with a new way of looking at OCD
This books presents its key idea very well, that is, OCD is a problem of worry about danger. This personally gave me a new way to look at OCD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dh
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
A good resource for anyone new to OCD. It gave me a new way of thinking about my condition. It's easy to follow too. I'd recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Jingyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book That Helps Tackle OCD
I have been a sufferer of Mental Illness, Depression & OCD for over 26 year's since the age of 12.

I'm currently receiving treatment for my second breakdown & my... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Timelord007
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