Getting Over OCD
A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life
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Thoroughly updated based on the latest science, this empowering workbook gives you the skills to overcome obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviors--and live a freer, happier life. Leading OCD specialist Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz presents a step-by-step program grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), the most effective treatment for the disorder. Vivid stories and numerous practical tools (which you can download and print for repeated use) help you:
*Understand how OCD affects your mind and body.
*Develop a customized plan for change.
*Find relief from distressing intrusive thoughts.
*Confront the situations you avoid--and discover a new sense of safety.
*Break free of compulsive rituals.
*Reduce anxiety and improve your relationships.
The second edition is revised throughout with cutting-edge strategies for coping with unwanted thoughts that can't be eliminated completely, plus new learning techniques drawn from brain research. Ready to get over OCD? Your journey starts here.
Table of Contents
I. Getting to Know OCD
1. OCD 101: Learning about the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
2. Analyzing Your Own OCD Symptoms
3. Understanding How OCD Works
II. Getting Ready
4. Customizing Your Treatment Plan
5. Strengthening Your Resolve to Move Forward
III. Your Treatment Program
Before You Begin
6. Challenging OCD at Its Foundation: Thinking Errors
7. Tackling Avoidance Behavior with Situational Exposure
8. Confronting Obsessional Thoughts, Doubts, and Images
9. Defying Your Compulsive Urges
Putting It All Together
10. Ending Your Program and Staying Well
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Abramowitz conducts research on anxiety and stress-related disorders and has published over 150 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. His books for the general public include Getting Over OCD, Second Edition, and The Stress Less Workbook. He is a recipient of awards including the David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology from Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.
"Winning your life back from OCD requires a trustworthy plan and sturdy support, and that’s just what you’ll get from the second edition of this workbook. You can rely on the guidance of Dr. Abramowitz, one of the world’s foremost authorities on this disorder. You will learn simple and effective tactics to counter the moves of OCD so that you can achieve a new level of freedom."--Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head
"This book was the best tool we had when our adolescent son was fighting his OCD. We quickly realized OCD does not just happen to the individual, but affects the entire family. We needed to learn and follow an evidence-based treatment plan. Dr. Abramowitz outlines each step in a clear, concise way. The chapter on 'Putting It All Together' was particularly helpful. Dr. Abramowitz helps you create a 'battle plan' that is the key to winning the war."--Kim V., Jacksonville, Florida
"The first edition was a masterpiece, and the second edition is even better. Dr. Abramowitz provides a framework for battling OCD that incorporates recent research and clinical advances. This book can help you overcome obsessions and compulsions and live the life you desire."--Eric A. Storch, PhD, coeditor of Understanding OCD
“Hard to believe, but Dr. Abramowitz has improved on his excellent workbook in this terrific new edition. He explains complex issues in easy-to-understand language. All the steps to managing OCD are here."--Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, Clinical Director, OCD Center, Rogers Behavioral Health, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin