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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243811
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,819 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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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Covington on 5 Mar 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jag_88 on 18 Dec 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marios on 31 Mar 2013
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By arnoldpredator on 4 Jan 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S E B on 1 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By roryrail1970 on 7 Feb 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on 2 Sep 2012
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Despite only suffering from a mild form of OCD, I am nonetheless bothered by it at regular intervals. I never really was sure what it actually was that was bothering me, until a friend of mine suggested it might be OCD. Wanting to know more about it and, more importantly, how to get rid of it I bought this book and I have to say that it's done an amazing job so far! I'm only about half way through, but it has explained so many things about my thoughts and behaviour that I've already improved a great deal. The book is written in an easily understandable and kind manner and offers great insight into understanding OCD even for those who do not suffer from it. For my part, I felt greatly relieved by finally managing to match my symptoms to something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By angibaby on 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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