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 beat—and 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.
"It is now well documented that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for OCD, and Abramowitz is one of our most distinguished researcher-clinicians in the field. This first-rate book presents CBT principles and techniques in a self-help format that will be invaluable to OCD patients. Following the steps outlined here can help readers experience a significant decrease in their symptoms. Abramowitz's positive and motivating style will serve patients well; clinicians and researchers also will find this book a 'must read'."
-Michael A. Jenike, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"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
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 OCD's 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