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David Veale , Rob Willson
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24 Feb 2005 Overcoming
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the fourth most common mental health problem in the West. Sufferers are plagued by a recurring thought or idea that just won't go away (the obsession) and are then crippled by a form of behaviour (the compulsion) to try to cope with their fear. For example people may fear being contaminated and so endlessly wash their hands, or they may fear disaster will strike at home and need to check the gas is turned off a hundred times before they are able to leave the house. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been clinically proven to reduce the symptoms of OCD significantly for the majority of sufferers and in this book therapists Dr David Veale and Rob Willson provide a self-help approach to overcoming the condition. This accessible guide explains how readers can reduce the distress of intrusive thoughts, face fears and avoided situations, and overcome compulsions.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; 1st Edition Pbk edition (24 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841199362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841199368
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is... more effective as a treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder than medication. Most people who go through CBT will get a significant benefit in reduction of symptoms.' Dr James Claiborn, US Obsessive Compulsive Foundation"

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The bestselling self-help treatment manual based on proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
Format:Paperback
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fingers Up For Me! 23 Jan 2008
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on The subject 31 Jan 2007
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Written and created by the two leading authorities on ocd and bdd. Simply a must for all with these difficulties. Exceptional how they look "outside the box" for effective reasoning and cure.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For therapists and clients 30 Oct 2007
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 1 Feb 2010
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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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 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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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 5 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Motasim Masood
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This Was a book for my brother so would be not right to give a proper review on this book.
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to change lives
I found this book to be really really helpful. For anyone who suffers with OCD I would totally recommend buying this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by online shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful
I am currently working my way through the book and have so far found it interesting and worth reading. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kirstie Sargeant
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and informative
Great book for those crippled by OCD and family members supporting a sufferer. Covers a wide range of the condition.
Published 10 months ago by JEAN POOLEY
3.0 out of 5 stars rather repetitive
Could advice, but not for someone without OCD and it is boringly repetitive and the examples given are pretty obvious and all the same.
Published 10 months ago by MumH
3.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was for my partner, order came quick and in good condition, she is enjoying reading it and finds it very help full
Published 11 months ago by Matthew
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