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Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD [Paperback]

Christine Purdon
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1 Nov 2005

Although once thought to be a rare and unusual condition, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has become increasingly a part of everyday discourse as it has gathered more and more media attention. News magazines and programs have done features on the disorder and its range of symptoms, and popular culture has depicted characters suffering from OCD, such as the eponymous detective in the UPN television program Monk.

One facet of OCD that is just beginning to be widely known is that people with the disorder can present a wide range of symptoms. Some people with OCD wash compulsively, others hoard objects, while still others-the audience of this book-struggle with obsessive thoughts. The most effective treatment techniques vary from symptom to symptom. This is why New Harbinger launched, with the publication of Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, a series of books designed to bring the latest coping strategies for specific OCD symptoms to the people who need them most. Since that first book, we have brought readers two more titles: Overcoming Compulsive Washing and Overcoming Compulsive Checking. The professional community and OCD sufferers alike have warmly received all three books.

This fourth book in the series addresses the needs of those who struggle with obsessive thoughts they perceive as violent, disgusting, or blasphemous. Psychologists estimate that more than 50 percent of OCD sufferers experience aggressive, religious, or sexual thoughts. The goal of this book is to help people understand the impact of their control efforts on their obsessional thoughts. It works to help them recognize that thoughts, in themselves, are not threatening, dangerous, or harmful. Rather, it is the compulsive strategies they develop for coping that make the thoughts seem so harmful. The book offers safe and effective exposure exercises readers can use to limit the effect obsessive thoughts have on their lives. In addition to self-care strategies, the book includes information about choosing and making the most of professional care.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243811
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Purdon and Clark are among the world's top experts on the nature and treatment of unwanted obsessional thoughts. In this book, they describe powerful methods for conquering this problem, based on their own research as well as studies by other leading scientists. Although most self-help books on OCD include sections on dealing with unwanted thoughts, this excellent book provides the most thorough discussion of this topic that I've seen. Whether you have disturbing religious thoughts that you can't get rid of, irrational, unwanted, aggressive or sexual impulses, or other sorts of upsetting thoughts, this book is for you!" --Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph's Healthcare and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, both in Hamilton, Ontario

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) afflicts about 1 to 2 percent of the population, although many people may suffer from obsessions and compulsions that occur not quite frequently enough for them to be given that actual diagnosis (Clark 2004). Read the first page
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 5 Mar 2010
I have suffered from OCD for 13yrs and my 'compulsion' was in the form of ruminations rather than something physical and so particularly complex to treat. Alot of books are written around the most common types of OCD which are physical, such as Hand Washing, Hording, Counting etc, so I struggled to fully understand my own condition as a result. After a few years and getting nowhere with my treatment supported by a Psychiatric Nurse (Who was very good, but unfortunatley out of her depth in my case), I was referred to see a Psychotherpist who had a much better understanding of my condition. At the same time he suggested I get hold of a copy of 'Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts' which had recently come out as it was purely focused on this type of OCD.
I can honestly say that this book has been my saviour. It is so well explained and it is clear that the authors have an extremely indepth knowledge of this type of OCD. I already had a reasonably good understanding of my condition from my CBT sessions, but this book filled in the gaps and where I had struggled to understand my Psychotherapist at times, this book fully explained the way the mind works and how OCD manifests itself and why you struggle to get rid of horrible thoughts. The exercises were really useful, as was the approach to overcome it. I have now successfully overcome my condition apart from a few short lapses and each time I have gone back to this book to refresh my memory and gained control once more. Overcoming OCD is very much about knowledge and having the confidence to take risks and this book provided me with both of these. I have nothing but praise and thanks to the authors for a book that has helped free me from a very bleak future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fastastic!! 18 Dec 2012
By jag_88
This is a fantastic book targeted at people with 'Pure O' OCD. It is extremely good at helping people with this common, yet often unrecognised condition that can cause extreme anxiety and distress. I have recommended this book to several other people, who have all found it very useful. Thanks!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear book, very helpful, useful 4 Jan 2011
I agree with the other review of Ms. Covington Lizzy, I think the same.

I only want to add that I am sure that I am not exaggerating if I say that it has been the best investment of my entire life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 1 May 2013
By S E B
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Really useful guide for patients experiencing intrusive thoughts and the therapists trying to help them. Particularly useful for normalising nature of thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to everyone 31 Mar 2013
By Marios
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Excellent book. It describes throughly the whole issue of obsessive thoughts. Transparent explanation and effective practical guides to overcome obsessive thoughts. Ideal for persons who suffer from obsessive thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book 7 Nov 2012
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I really liked this book, it contains helpful exercises and the information is presented in an uncomplicated easy to read way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its useful. 7 Feb 2012
I have found this book to be quite useful.I dont agree with everything that is written in it.But all in all yes I do find it quite useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 15 May 2013
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Very good read. made a lot of sense and good knowledge from author. Would reccomend to other sufferers of ocd
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