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Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and Their Families

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It's written in a way that, while accessible to everyday people, can come across as incredibly preachy. The book is, I feel, an invaluable step-by-step guide for young people and their families as well as being an excellent resource for the counsellor/therapists. Chapter 7 helps you understand your anxious feelings, as understanding anxiety is an important first step in recovering from your OCD. To get a score that will indicate how much the obsessions are interfering in your life, simply add up the numbers that you have circled for each of these questions.

Overall, after determining myself as very moderately OCD, I really don’t think the methods in the book would work all that well for me. I'm wary about reading books like this because sometimes they're not written by professionals, or people with actual doctorates and knowledge and experience treating OCD. The book has given me a clearer, better and deeper understanding of how OCD works and more importantly how to challenge it. It may help to talk this section through with the person helping you so that you can plan each task until you become more confident in your ability to tackle your OCD successfully on your own. Whether a condition is mild or severe, this definitive resource will help the sufferer reclaim his or her life and keep OCD away for good.

It offers day-to-day coping strategies you can start using right away, along with proven-effective self-help techniques that can help you maintain your progress. I'm not in any way minimizing the fact that there are people that do have this fear as their OCD subtype, or saying that they are intentionally stigmatizing the HIV/AIDS community. Also, the ACT approach (described in the book) could be quite helpful in stripping the intrusion of its original significance. Each chapter contains a final section entitles "Advice for Parents or Carers", which is designed to support and guide the "young person" completing the programme.

Now that I have a better understanding of how it works, I was able to explain the disease to my family, who of course were still adamant that “it’s all in my head”. Whether you are compelled to wash your hands more and more thoroughly or feel the need to keep checking that you've turned off appliances, obsessive worries can be a drain on daily life. The OCD Workbook has helped thousands of people with OCD break the bonds of troubling OCD symptoms and regain the hope of a productive life.

For this I am forever grateful and will without a doubt use their services if needed again in the future. Thus, instead of deliberately offending God, the person could repeatedly expose oneself to thoughts such as 'I am mad' 'I am going to hell' etc (depending on what bothers them the most about the initial intrusive though). My only complaint is that the book seems to have bene written in the '90s (1999, apparently) and occasionally feels dated - namely in its sections on health anxiety, which consistently refer to HIV and AIDS as the end-all-be-all of illnesses. But when you are in the habit of avoiding the things you fear, the idea of facing them head-on can feel frightening and overwhelming.

e. ERP involving DELIBERATE repetition of blasphemous thoughts (obscenities), repeating them whilst in the church etc. If you need additional understanding of the effects of anxiety go back and read the rest of the chapters. Overall this book is really informative, but unfortunately the newest version is still outdated (2010). Fantastic book to learn everything about OCD, breaking the stigma that OCD is only based on behaviour compulsions. It is easy to read, absorb and understand with definitions introduced slowly, clearly and repeated at intervals, along with real examples to perhaps identify with.They might be a guardian, carer or counsellor, or another important adult who knows you well and can support you in making changes even when you feel unsure or frightened. Parents will learn how to alleviate their children's anxiety by changing the way they themselves respond to their children's symptoms-importantly, parents are not required to impose changes on their children's behavior. I really recommend AnxietyUK to everyone- they also have fantastic group resources and I think it's really really helpful, especially if you can't afford private therapy and the wait lists in your area are too long. Many readers have opened the pages of this beautifully candid, honest, inspirational and humorous book, only to find parts of their lives mirrored within the explanations, thoughts and experiences of the author.

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