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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; Reissue edition (1 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283077
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Baer, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of OCD and related disorders. The author of Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions, Dr. Baer is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of research of the OCD unit at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Heather Sequeira on 30 April 2010
Format: Paperback
As a Chartered Psychologist (Milton Keynes) specialising in CBT, I can strongly recommend this book. I recommend it to all clients who experience this very common but all too infrequently discussed type of OCD. All my clients who have read it, tell me that it has eased their fear and enabled them to move forward with the problem.

This excellent book concerns the infrequently discussed but very common type of OCD where people experience 'bad thoughts'. For example, a mother who has obsessions about hurting her baby, or a man with who feels very guilty because he has intrusive thoughts that he might purposely run someone over in his car or sexually abuse someone.

It is important to realise that these are very common types of OCD and also very common thoughts in people who don't have OCD (its just that people without OCD don't dwell on them and don't feel guilty about them).

The book is excellently written and clients frequently say that they read it in a day. If you are distressed by this type of OCD then this is the best book to address the issue.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well written. It is clear, supportive, and allows OCD sufferers such as myself
to better understand the nature of our problems and ways to overcome them. Mostly, I think,
the book is a great lesson on the human condition and the strains that, so many times, we put ourselves in inexplicably trying to go beyond what is physically and psychologically possible
to ascertain. I was waiting for a book that concerned itself with this particular kind of OCD
symptoms and I can say that finally I found it and that it provided me with very good lessons and support.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Clayton on 11 Jun 2010
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This is a powerful and insightful book, which as someone who has seen but not experienced first-hand, the misery that OCD can inflict, allowed me a brilliant opportunity to understand. This is paramount to appreciating and supporting those with OCD. Importantly, 'Imp of the Mind' focuses on the type of OCD which causes sufferers to experience 'bad thoughts' rather than the stereotypical, perhaps more widely known perception that OCD is all about repetitive actions.

I am grateful to this book for its explanations and insights, and really feel it should be compulsory reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silversurfer on 26 Jun 2012
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This book is helping me get a much better grip on Purely Obsessional OCD , the condition from which I suffer, really well written, simple yet medically relevant and inspiring and reassuring to those who suffer from this debilitating condition, assuring us that we are not alone. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. on 25 Nov 2012
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This is a great read for those who suffer from the pure "o " form of OCD.

Case stories are very helpful and I would recommend this book be read along with "Brain Lock - Free Yourself From Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour ".

Both these books I would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prawn on 7 April 2012
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I bought this book for my daughter studying psychology degree - she read it in one night! She said it was "the best"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Broadbent on 25 April 2014
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This book has helped me and my family start to understand what I am going through. More than that it has eased my anxiety about my situation. I am grateful and hopeful that I can now go on to receive the appropriate treatment knowing I am on the right path.
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By suz on 26 Jun 2014
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Was unsure of purchasing this book as thought it wouldn't help much, but after reading the positive reviews, I thought I'd give it a go! So glad I did as very insightful and a godsend. Makes so much sense and helped me loads.
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