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Not particularly helpful if you already have good insight....
on 21 April 2014
This book will be an informative read for people in the 'discovery' and learning stages of purely obsessional OCD (though, it has to be said, the 'science' of it all and the accepted theories can be found for free online).
If you have good insight into your obsessive thoughts, then it won't be anything new. I purchased the book as a reminder of the techniques, to use as a sort of 'buster' session following a stressful time and a re-emergence of symptoms (after a long period of being free from it). I used purely behavioural techniques before to become symptom free (this was a few years ago). Exposure therapy didn't work for me then, however behavioural therapy did. There is very little in the way of guidance or advice with the latter approach though, it centres largely around exposure therapy, which I appreciate is an extremely valuable approach, however I think it can be too tall an order for a person to do on their own (without the encouragement and guidance from a therapist).
There is also a sizeable focus on examining your thoughts ('testing' yourself) to make sure your thoughts are indeed 'just' as a result of OCD, and not actually due to a more serious mental illness (where your thoughts may be 'real' and dangerous). It struck me that someone suffering acutely (as is the audience this book is aimed at?) with purely obsessional OCD would be very frightened by the way this is approached in the book.