Synopses & Reviews
"OCD can make you feel alone, misunderstood, and trapped. With Getting Over OCD, all that will change. Dr. Abramowitz, a world renowned expert, coaches you through a program that can free you from your struggle with obsessions and compulsions. He doesn't soft-pedal the work required--you're up against a powerful challenger. But his warm and reassuring voice, coupled with a comprehensive, scientifically proven, step-by-step format, will keep you supported and motivated."--Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Don't Panic "A top clinician has drawn on his extensive research to produce this first-rate self-help book. The techniques and steps clearly outlined here can help you significantly decrease your OCD symptoms. Dr. Abramowitz offers himself as your coach, and his positive, encouraging style will serve you well."--Michael A. Jenike, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"Abramowitz uses his vast knowledge of the subject and years of clinical experience to gently but firmly take the reader by the hand and lead them into battle against their OCD....He has written a workbook that is meaningful, yet explains complex topics in an easy-to-understand manner. Abramowitz has also sprinkled in just the right amount of humor in just the right places throughout his book. Everything someone needs to learn to overcome OCD is provided in the workbook. Nothing is missing....All of the basics are provided in this workbook and taught by one of the leading experts in the field."--OCD Newsletter
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the top five mental health complaints today. Unwanted, repetitive thoughts and actions disrupt millions of lives and cause tremendous suffering and distress. But OCD can be beatand there's no more trusted authority than Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz to show how. Structured to mirror the steps of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for the disorder, this engaging workbook is packed with self-assessment and planning tools; carefully sequenced exercises; and informative examples that sufferers will relate to. By learning specific strategies for changing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that keep OCD alive, readers grappling with any type of obsessions and compulsions can find significant, lasting relief.
Structured to mirror the steps of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, this engaging workbook offers specific strategies for changing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that keep OCD alive.
Just imagine: No more obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviors. No more planning your day around avoiding certain situations. You can get over OCD--and join the thousands of people who are living freer, happier lives thanks to the clinically proven strategies in this book. Noted OCD specialist Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz provides the information, support, and practical tools you need to:
*Understand your obsessions, compulsions, and rituals
*Develop a customized action plan
*Take gradual steps to safely confront--and master--the situations you avoid
*Find relief from intrusive thoughts, no matter how distressing
*Overcome compulsion urges
*Reduce anxiety and improve your relationships
Based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for OCD, the workbooks carefully sequenced exercises are illustrated with detailed examples. Ready to get over OCD? Your journey starts here.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
About the Author
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair 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 founded and directed the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. An award-winning researcher, he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.
Table of Contents
I. Getting to Know Your Enemy
Step 1. OCD 101: Learning about the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
Step 2. Analyzing Your Own OCD Symptoms
Step 3. Understanding OCDs Battle Plan
II. Getting Ready
Step 4. Customizing Your Action Plan
Step 5. Strengthening Your Resolve to Move Forward
III. Your Treatment Program
Gathering Your Forces
Step 6. Attacking OCD at Its Foundation: Thinking Errors
Step 7. Defeating Avoidance Behavior
Step 8. Defeating Obsessional Thoughts, Doubts, and Images
Step 9. Defeating Your Compulsive Urges
Putting It All Together
Step 10. Ending Your Program and Staying Well