OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

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New Harbinger Publications, Jan 1, 2012 - Self-Help - 176 pages

When someone is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are they've been living with the symptoms for a long time. People with OCD may have long felt embarrassed by their thoughts and behaviors, which may include fear of contamination, the need for symmetry, pathological doubt, aggressive thoughts, repeating behaviors, and obsessive cleaning. OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed helps readers understand how OCD works so they can develop better strategies for coping with their symptoms. This pocket guide offers guidance for coping with the diagnosis itself, discusses stigmas related to OCD, and includes help for readers unsure of who they should tell about the diagnosis. Readers also learn about the most effective treatment approaches and easy ways to begin to manage their OCD symptoms.

An OCD diagnosis can be a devastating event, or it can be a catalyst for positive change. Books in the Guides for the Newly Diagnosed series provide readers with all the tools they need to process a diagnosis in the healthiest way possible, and then move forward to manage their symptoms so that the disorder doesn't get in the way of living a fulfilling life.


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Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He has authored and coauthored numerous articles and books on cognitive behavior therapy and related topics, including My Anxious Mind and the book and video series Essential Components of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression. He has presented nationally on the topic of compulsive hoarding and is a member of the San Francisco Task Force on Hoarding. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults, adolescents, and children and is in private practice in Oakland, CA.

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