The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts

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Penguin, Feb 26, 2002 - Psychology - 176 pages
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In The Imp of the Mind, a leading expert on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder explores the hidden epidemic that afflicts millions of Americans.

In the first book to fully examine obsessive bad thoughts, Dr. Lee Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience in treating this widespread syndrome. Drawing on information ranging from new advances in brain technology to pervasive social taboos, Dr. Baer explores the root causes of bad thoughts, why they can spiral out of control, and how to recognize the crucial difference between harmless and dangerous bad thoughts.

An illuminating and accessible guide to the kinds of thoughts that create extreme fear, guilt, and worry, The Imp of the Mind provides concrete solutions to a tormenting and debilitating disorder. Including special sections on the prescription medications that have proven effective, it is "a beautifully written book that can be a great help to people who want to know what to do about obsessions" (Isaac Marks, M.D., author of Living with Fear: Understanding and Coping with Anxiety).

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When people think of OCD, they will most often think of people hoarding, washing their hands, and checking locks repeatedly- the visible signs of OCD. There is another side of OCD, though, that isn’t ... Read full review

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A unique book that would be appreciated by those who suffer from the types of OCD symptoms that the greater public doesn't associated with OCD, which are the subject of this book, Ie, those relating ... Read full review


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Thought Suppression
What Leads Us to Suppress Bad Thoughts?
Bad Thoughts and Postpartum Depression
Depression After the Postpartum Period
Grandmothers and Aunts Bad Thoughts
Mens Bad Thoughts About Children
Using Audiotapes and Videotapes to Intensify Exposure Therapy
The Cognitive Theory of Obsessions2
Bad Thoughts in Other Religions
Medication Treatment for Bad Thoughts
Bad Thoughts in Postpartum Depression
Who Should Prescribe AntiObsessional Drugs for Me?
Starting to Tame Your Bad Thoughts
Assessing Your Progress

Uncertainty About Bad Thoughts
Some Warning Signs
Who Harms Babies?
When Bad Thoughts Are Dangerous
What Causes Universal Bad Thoughts?
Why Do Bad Thoughts Get out of Control?
The Key to Exposure Therapy
In Vivo Exposure for Sexual Obsessions
In Vivo Exposure for Violent Obsessions

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Lee Baer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of OCD and related disorders. Author of Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions, Baer is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of research of the OCD unit at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as of the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital.

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