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Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques [Paperback]

David Veale , Rob Willson
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16 Dec 2008 Overcoming
The Overcoming Series offers step-by-step guides to self-improvement based on the methods of cognitive behavioral therapy. The series aims to help readers conquer a broad range of disabling conditions-from worry to body image problems to obsessive compulsive disorder and more. Cognitive behavioral therapy was developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck and is now internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. Even when our situation does not change, if we change the self-defeating ways we think, we can make ourselves feel better. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike. The accessible, straightforward, and practical books in this series outline affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plans, and have provided tens of thousands of readers with the help they need to overcome self-defeating behavior and lead happier lives. Books in the Overcoming Series: * Highlight the history and background of the disorder, who is likely to be affected, and what the main symptoms are * Provide a structure ideal for personal use or in a program using guided step-by-step self-help techniques like recordkeeping and problem-solving * Include diagnostic questionnaires, case studies, and workbook-style interactive exercises * Offer authoritative, commonsense solutions to pervasive, difficult emotional problems

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (16 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046501108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465011087
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"CBT is more effective as a treatment for OCD than medication, bringing a significant benefit in reduction of symptoms." Dr James Claiborn, US Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation "CBT is more effective as a treatment for OCD than medication, bringing a significant benefit in reduction of symptoms." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 1 Feb 2010
Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The best book on OCD I have ever read. Extremely helpful. I have had OCD since I was a child and after reading this book I can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am conquering my obsessions at last.
If you have OCD and want to get rid of it read this book!
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
I manage OCD and (10 years ago now) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) changed my life. It seems hard to believe that in 2006 when many therapists aren't trained in CBT (and sufferers don't know what they need) that the latest, most up to date CBT methods are available in a user friendly book that you can have at your side. I've read a few OCD books and this one stands out as being something quite special. When OCD affects 3 or 5% (or whatever it is) of us, it seems crazy that so few will know that such Good News is so near at hand. This should be advertised on buses!!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fingers Up For Me! 23 Jan 2008
I spent the most secretive time of my life, the years 1986-2005 hiding away from what is now known to be a common disorder. I suffered intensively from OCD and I was diagnosed with depression and OCD in November 2005. For almost two decades suffering in silence I'm now on the road to recovery and enjoying life to the full.

I have read many OCD books over the years and I can honestly say that there have been a very few good ones out there but when I was presented with this book called "Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" I thought to myself it's just another one of these zillion self-help books but I was wrong. It held a thought of interest and captured a self belief , focusing on what I want and working out ways to make it happen and this grew every time when turning of the pages, I formed a personal connection with the true life stories in this book. All I can say, finally I have found a book I can relate to and now I can frankly say 'SPOT ON!' this book is the ultimate approach to self-help using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. This book is ideal for teenagers as well as adults, my 14 year old niece had no difficulty reading and understanding this book. The book is well presented in-depth and is broken down into chapters and sections, any book written in Layman's terms is a win-win for me. The book incorporate NO bad philosophy and I would say is a yes-yes for young people as well as adults.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me realise I'm not alone. 22 Aug 2012
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For all the stereotypes of OCD, it's easy to think it only encompasses "hand washing" or "checking". Not so. I was recommended this book, as I was doubtful if my own condition was OCD, as it seemed so different to the stereotypical aspects of OCD. This book made me see others were going through what I was, and that I wasn't alone. With helpful advice and explanations, this book is essential for anyone suffering OCD who feels alone. Of course, it isn't a replacement for medical help, but it's a start if you want to research into the condition in your own time too. Sometimes, just knowing you're not the only one can be a huge help, however "odd" or "terrible" you think your obsession is (as I thought of myself), you can be assured you're not the only one to have suffered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 17 July 2009
By Mary
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This book is fantastic. I am so glad that I read it. It helps people with OCD to understand the nature of OCD so clearly. It is so reassuring and inspiring. It has given me hope that I can break free from OCD. The authors explain things so clearly and it is a good practical book to use. It is well worth reading.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For therapists and clients 30 Oct 2007
This book is part of a very useful series published by Robinson, each of which looks at applying CBT to a particular area of Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Anger & Irritability etc). Each book is written by a leading practitioner/researcher in the particular area of concern. Having now worked with CBT for many years, I believe that it is at its most useful when dealing with some of these specific Mental and Behavioural Health issues.

Although they are written as self-help books, in my experience they can also be useful to therapists as a practical introduction to working with a problem area. In some cases, therapist and client can work together using the book as a resource. CBT is, after all, an educative process where therapist and client collaboratively discover what will work best for the client's improvement (indeed, all psychotherapy can be seen as a form of structured experiential learning). A book like this can be a useful map for a part of the journey.

In this particular book, David Veale and Rob Willson outline the nature of OCD and the CBT approach to working with it. They point out that the use of the word "obsession" in everyday usage is different from its meaning in the context of OCD. Here it refers to any distressing thought, image or urge, "...associated in the person's mind with the power to prevent harm occurring" (p. 10). Such obsessions are therefore associated with Safety-seeking Behaviours (an important concept in the CBT of any Anxiety Disorder) which tend to maintain the obsession.

Other important concepts described are
* The over-importance of thoughts.
* Inflated responsibility & Magical thinking.
* Overestimation of danger.
* Perfectionism.
* Attention biases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and enlightening
Published 2 days ago by Beryl the Peril
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative probably one of the best books written on OCD
Published 13 days ago by albert
1.0 out of 5 stars Cancel your order!
I say that to libraries as much as individuals. I was alarmed at the big stack my local has just got in, because this book is dangerous and insulting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elspeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book really helped me overcome my OCD.
Published 2 months ago by Dan Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
this book has changed my life had no idea i was one of many. feel really bad for the poor fellas who read news papers and think that they have committed the crime.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting and helpful book
Delivered on time, as described. For someone trying to understand OCD it's a really interesting and helpful book to read.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Donella Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
What an amazing book. Beyond helpful and stops you feeling like you're alone . You can dip into it or read from start to finish.
Published 6 months ago by Dips
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Reading.
To me it is very hard reading but it is helping me a little bit,Still got more to read yet.
Published 7 months ago by Sandra R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and useful
This is a brilliant book, with tons of helpful information on all aspects of diagnosis, background information on OCD and treatment from a CBT perspective. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MNetsah
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit tedious to follow but wonderful overall
There are better books written on the obsessive compulsive disorder I would say. But this one is a very elaborate one for people having severe problems. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Motasim Masood
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