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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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,123 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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69 of 69 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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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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book / guide 7 May 2012
By stone
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was told before, that this book is a really good guide for overcoming such problems, but I had some doubts. Right now, when I get it and read it I think, that they were absolutely right about this and I really like it and I think it was a better investment, then taking some redundant medicines, that blurs your actual problems and doesn't helps much indeed. Finally I hope this book helps you the way it helped me...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing 30 Nov 2011
By Sean
Format:Kindle Edition
I have OCD (intrusive thoughts), it manifested in a way that became a problem in February this year, I went straight to a CBT professional and that certainly helped me deal with about 70% of my anxiety because I think we need someone else to actually talk to about this stuff. However, this book is an excellent resource and you can trust what it tells you. Thank you for writing it!
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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 24 days 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 1 month 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 5 months ago by timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I am only part way through this book and I would already recommend it highly. It shows that the intrusive thoughts associated with OCD are in fact also experienced by people... Read more
Published 6 months ago by la dee da
5.0 out of 5 stars ocd
a great book it has given me a platform to work on in therapy and beyond i would recommend to anyone going through the hell of ocd
Published 6 months ago by Stephen BigBear Dodd
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! Read more
Published 6 months ago by MissGervais
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Brilliant for professional & client use, good price & well written & up to date. Definitely recommmend this book ...
Published 12 months ago by jane
4.0 out of 5 stars ocd book
I bought this for a friend and she seems happy with it. out of all the OCD books i ended up buying her the same one as she already had...spokky or what. sorry I cant say more
Published 13 months ago by pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Break free from ocd
This book was recommended to us by a professor in this field, we have found it to be very informative, and can recommend it to anyone who suffers or cares for one with this illness
Published 13 months ago by John Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent book, very clear & easy to understand with lots of sub-headings.
It discusses various forms of OCD, including rumination OCD ('pure o')-thank you! Read more
Published 14 months ago by jag_88
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