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Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts How to Gain Control of Your OCD

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ISBN-10: 1572243813

ISBN-13: 9781572243811

Edition: 2005

Authors: David A. Clark, Christine Purdon

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Fourth in this successful series, this book provides individuals who suffer from repetitive, unwanted thoughts, images or impulses with information and skills they can use to reduce their distress over and preoccupation with these thoughts.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.41" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction: Overview of OCD
Who Are We?
Is This Book for You?
Will This Book Help You?
What's Ahead
Using This Book
Pacing and Timing
Our Treatment Approach
Medication and OCD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and OCD
Same Thought, Different Reaction
The Difference Is in the Interpretation
What Does CBT Do?
The Behavioral Part
Do You Have Obsessions and Compulsions?
Some Faces of OCD
What Are Obsessions?
Repugnant Obsessions
Are Your Thoughts Obsessions?
"Normal" Obsessions
Can Obsessions Turn Ugly?
Scrupulosity: A Special Case of Religious Obsessions
Compulsions and Neutralizing
Examples of Compulsions and Neutralizing
Thought Control and Avoidance
The Making of an Obsession
Why Do You Have Obsessions and Compulsions?
Engaging Obsessional Thoughts
Thinking About Thoughts
The Cognitive Behavioral Model
A Treatment Rationale
Establishing Your Symptom Profile
Your Own OCD Symptoms
Establishing Your Symptom Profile: The Behavioral Component
Establishing Your Symptom Profile: The Cognitive Component
Why Does Your OCD Persist?
Why Does Your OCD Persist?
Behavioral Factors
Putting It All Together
Are You Ready to Make Changes?
Change Can Be Difficult
Concealment of Obsessions
Overvalued Ideation
Concerns About Overcoming OCD
Addressing Specific Fears and Concerns About Overcoming OCD
Costs of OCD: Do They Outweigh Your Concerns?
Weighing and Balancing
The Paradox of Mental Control
Attention and Thoughts
Deliberate Attempts to Control Thoughts
Research on Mental Control
Why the Paradox?
Factors Influencing the Success of Mental Control
Consequences of Failed Mental Control
Effectiveness of Mental Control Strategies
Thwarting the Paradox
Overcoming Obsessions with Themes of Harm, Violence, and Sex
Violent and Sexual Obsessions
What Are Your Appraisals?
Thought-Action Fusion
Making Use of This Information
Taking the Plunge: Exposure
Religious Obsessions and Compulsions
Religious Diversity
Does Religion Cause OCD?
Religious Devotion: How Much Is Too Much?
Faulty Appraisals and Beliefs
Challenging Appraisals
Religious Counseling and OCD Treatment
Taking the Plunge: Exposure
Taking the Risk: Phasing Out Coping Strategies
Rationale for Phasing Out Coping Strategies
Taking It One Step at a Time: The Exposure Ladder
Is It Dangerous to Experience This Level of Distress?
Doing Exposure Exercises
Keys to Successful Exposure
How Tos of Exposure
Exposure Exercises and Your Family
Quitting Cold Turkey
Maintaining Your Gains
Reviewing Your Gains
Strategies for Maintaining Gains
Managing the Return of Symptoms
Coping with Stress
Stress Management