Synopses & Reviews
If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you may suffer from obsessive thoughts and anxiety, and use compulsions to alleviate your distress. You know, more than anyone, how debilitating this condition can be. But you may also be reluctant to start treatment due to fears and misconceptions regarding therapyparticularly exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. You may even think of a number of reasons not to go, or to drop out, but if you are committed to getting better, you need to take that important step toward healing.
ERP is a proven-effective treatment that can help people with OCD break free from the constraints of their disorder; however, starting treatment can feel frightening. Many people wonder what treatment will be like and how they will ever face some of their worst fears. They want to hear from others who have successfully completed therapy. In Daring to Challenge OCD, anxiety specialist Joan Davidson, PhD, gives a thorough overview of ERP, what to expect during treatment, and offers gentle guidance to help you finally overcome the common fears and obstacles that can stand in the way of getting the help you need. Three clients with different OCD symptoms share their personal stories and insights about OCD and treatment.
If you are considering treatment, you may ask yourself, What will my therapist expect me to do? Will treatment be too difficult for me to handle? Will I be asked to do things that put me at risk? What are realistic expectations for recovery? This book will demystify treatment for OCD so that you can face your fears and start changing your life. And if you are a therapist helping clients build motivation to engage in ERP, this book offers real treatment stories and exercises for clients, making it an invaluable resource for therapists and wonderful suggested reading for clients building motivation to commit to treatment.
The authors have succeeded in providing a practical roadmap for people struggling with OCD to incorporate mindfulness into their CBT treatment. For many, this will be the addition that makes all the difference.”
Diane Davey, RN, MBA, program director, OCD Institute
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD
is a unique must-have companion to enhance the standard application of ERP treatment for both therapists and individuals living with OCD. The authors compassion is evident throughout, and reflects a deep understanding of the suffering that OCD imposes every day. Chapter by chapter, the authors demystify the concepts of mindfulness in a very user-friendly manner. The workbook-style approach allows the reader to mindfully examine the ways in which OCD has formed its hold, and provides concrete exercises for loosening that hold and regaining a life and identity free from OCD. I am excited to recommend this book to my clients and colleagues alike.”
Kathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD, clinician, The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center, Delaware
As someone who has benefitted greatly from both cognitive behavioral therapy and
mindfulness practice, I am thrilled to see a book showcasing how powerful their pairing can be for those of us with OCD. The practical roadmap Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy provide here offers turn-by-turn directions to the one place OCD simply can't survive: the present moment!”
Jeff Bell, author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of OCD
A valuable addition to the self-help library of all OCD sufferers, as well as those who treat OCD! The book presents state-of-the art information for incorporating very effective mindfulness techniques into effective OCD treatment.”
Lee Baer, PhD, author of Getting Control and The Imp of the Mind, and clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School
The concept of mindfulness is proving to be an increasingly important concept in dealing with a number of disorders, and this book ably extends it to OCD. It presents a concise and practical approach to this topic, with straightforward easy-to-follow instructions. The skills readers will gain from learning to be fully in the present moment and accepting what is occurring there will surely add a great deal to their efforts at overcoming what is a confusing and painful disorder.”
Fred Penzel, PhD, psychologist and executive director at Western Suffolk Psychological Services, Huntington, NY
Although mindfulness plays a critical role in coping with the uncertainties of OCD, practical how-to help for sufferers and clinicians wasn't there. Hershfield and Corboy's workbook masterfully fills this void with details of how to employ mindfulness techniques for all the different ways OCD manifests itself.”
Jonathan Grayson, PhD, director of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia
This is a wonderful and very well-written book, full of lively and helpful examples. It will be a huge help to those with OCD and related illnesses. The book gives very useful and practical tools to manage the symptoms of OCD. This is a major contribution that will help patients immensely.”
Michael A. Jenike, MD, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
This is the most comprehensive, straight forward, easy-to-follow treatment manual combining CBT and mindfulness-based techniques. For those who may not have access to treatment providers, The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD
will be an excellent resource to help guide and navigate how to overcome their obsessions and compulsions in a succinct, clear manner. By far, the best addition to my resource library and referral list.”
Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW, author of The Hoarder in You and featured doctor on the television show, Hoarders
If you or someone you know is suffering from the agonizing symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), read this book! Youll learn that you are not aloneand youll learn about a proven and effective treatment for OCD: exposure and response prevention (ERP). Joan Davidson explains in clear and accessible language, with plenty of practical exercises, what to expect and how to prepare for treatment. What makes this book truly unique is that Davidson includes the stories of three very different people who regained control over their lives through this treatment. Their stories are authentic, inspiring, and full of hope. This straightforward and compassionate approach to ERP is a real contribution for clientsand for clinicians, this text is an invaluable resource for improving our skills at helping clients commit to treatment.”
Laura B. Mason, PhD, clinical professor in the department of psychology at University of California, Berkeley and associate director of the UC Berkeley psychology clinic
Exposure and response prevention is the most effective treatment technique for OCD. Davidson makes these scientifically proven strategies very accessible in this excellent book. Working through it on your own, or with the help of a professional, should reduce obsessions and compulsions.”
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Practical and matter-of-fact, yet simultaneously deep and compassionate, Daring to Challenge OCD
is made-to-order for anyone plagued by obsessions and compulsions, including family members and loved ones. Loaded with wisdom, science, and clear case examples, it authoritatively documents what OCD is and how to treat it. To my mind, this is the
go-to book on the topic across the entire field. Run, don't walk, to get this book and read it!”
Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and vice-chair of psychology in the department of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco
Davidson, with the help of her brave and articulate clients, illuminates a healing path for those suffering from OCD and the therapists who want to help them. I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with the problem or who cares about someone who does.”
Mary Pipher, PhD, author of Reviving Ophelia and The Green Boat
A fantastic book about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its gold standard treatment! This book provides answers to anyone struggling to understand OCD and offers a blueprint for what to expect in treatment. It describes the experiences of three individuals
each with a different kind of OCD
and provides hope and motivation for positive change. I wish it had been in print when I was first diagnosed.”
Paula Kotakis, San Francisco OCD support group facilitator
Three individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), guided by the author, a talented therapist, tell the stories of their illness and their treatment in blow-by-blow detail. Any person who suffers from OCD, loves someone who suffers from OCD, or treats OCD, should read this book.”
Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center and clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley
Daring to Challenge OCD
is a long overdue, step-by-step treatment manual that offers hope to those struggling to tackle the complexities inherent in exposure and response prevention therapy. Offering personal, firsthand accounts of what it's like to go through the treatment process, this easy-to-read, wonderfully well-written tool is a must-have for those needing to guide their own treatment and who may not otherwise have access to expert therapists. The compassionate approach in this book will help many overcome their fear of treatment and embrace their new journey toward recovery of their OCD.”
Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW, president of the International OCD Foundation, featured doctor on A&E's Hoarders, and author of The Hoarder in You
Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD offers practical and accessible tools for managing the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges that are associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). With this workbook, readers will develop present-moment awareness, learn to challenge their own distorted thinking, and stop treating thoughts as threats and feelings as facts.
If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you might have an irrational fear of being contaminated by germs, or obsessively double-check things. You may even feel like a prisoner, trapped with your intrusive thoughts.
Despite the fact that OCD can have a devastating impact on a persons life, getting real help can be a challenge. If you have tried medications without success, it might be time to explore further treatment options. You should know that mindfulness-based approaches have been proven-effective in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. They involve developing an awareness and acceptance of the unwanted thoughts, feelings, and urges that are at the heart of OCD.
Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD offers practical and accessible tools for managing the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges that are associated with OCD. With this workbook, you will develop present-moment awareness, learn to challenge your own distorted thinking, and stop treating thoughts as threats and feelings as facts.
Characterized by obsessive thoughts, fears, and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be an extremely debilitating condition. However, many people with OCD are reluctant to start treatment due to fear, stigma, and misconceptions regarding exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. In Daring to Challenge OCD, anxiety specialist Joan Davidson, PhD, gives a thorough overview of ERP, what to expect during treatment, and offers guidance to help readers finally overcome the common fears and anxiety that can stand in the way of getting the help they need.
When someone has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it can affect their entire family. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, When a Family Member Has OCD offers an essential guide to help family members cope with their loved ones compulsive behaviors, obsessions, and constant need for reassurance. Family members will also learn ways to understand and communicate with each other when OCD becomes a major part of family life. The book includes comprehensive information on OCD and its symptoms, as well as advice for each affected family member.
When someone has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it can affect the entire family. This book is an essential guide to help family members cope with their loved ones compulsive behaviors, obsessions, and constant need for reassurance.
If your loved one has OCD, you may be unsure of how to express your concerns in a compassionate, effective way. In When a Family Member Has OCD, you and your family will learn ways to better understand and communicate with each other when OCD becomes a major part of your household. In addition to proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques, youll find comprehensive information on OCD and its symptoms, as well as advice for each affected family member.
OCD affects millions of people worldwide. Though significant advances have been made in medication and therapeutic treatments of the disorder, there are few resources available to help families deal with the impact of a loved ones symptoms. This book provides a helpful guide for your family.
About the Author
Joan Davidson, PhD
, is codirector and founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and assistant clinical professor in the clinical science program at the University of California, Berkeley. For over twenty years she has worked as a cognitive behavioral clinician specializing in the treatment of adults with mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, she teaches, writes, and provides clinical consultation and supervision to students and licensed professionals. Davidson is founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and an Academy of Cognitive Therapy Certified Trainer/Consultant. She is the coauthor of A Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning: Practical Guidance for Clinical Decision Making
(New Harbinger, 2014), as well as The Essential Components of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression
(American Psychological Association, 2001) and videotape series of the same name.
Foreword writer Jeff Bell is author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty. He serves as a national spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation and is founder of The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance. Bell lives in Benicia, CA.