Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD

Author(s) : Christine Purdon, Author(s) : David A. Clark

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD

Book Details

  • Publisher : New Harbinger Publications
  • Published : 2005
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 23665
  • ISBN 13 : 9781572243811
  • ISBN 10 : 1572243813
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Although once thought to be a rare and unusual condition, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has become increasingly a part of everyday discourse as it has gathered more and more media attention. News magazines and programs have done features on the disorder and its range of symptoms, and popular culture has depicted characters suffering from OCD, such as the eponymous detective in the UPN television program Monk.

One facet of OCD that is just beginning to be widely known is that people with the disorder can present a wide range of symptoms. Some people with OCD wash compulsively, others hoard objects, while still others - the audience of this book - struggle with obsessive thoughts. The most effective treatment techniques vary from symptom to symptom. This book addresses the needs of those who struggle with obsessive thoughts they perceive as violent, disgusting, or blasphemous.

Psychologists estimate that more than 50 percent of OCD sufferers experience aggressive, religious, or sexual thoughts. The goal of this book is to help people understand the impact of their control efforts on their obsessional thoughts. It works to help them recognize that thoughts, in themselves, are not threatening, dangerous, or harmful. Rather, it is the compulsive strategies they develop for coping that make the thoughts seem so harmful. The book offers safe and effective exposure exercises readers can use to limit the effect obsessive thoughts have on their lives. In addition to self-care strategies, the book includes information about choosing and making the most of professional care.

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