Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2009 - Psychology - 272 pages
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Newly Revised and Updated!

Are you tormented by extremely distressing thoughts or persistent worries?

Compelled to wash your hands repeatedly?

Driven to repeat or check certain numbers, words, or actions?

If you or someone you love suffers from these symptoms, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.

Once considered almost untreatable, OCD is now known to be a highly treatable disorder using behavior therapy. In this newly revised edition of Stop Obsessing! Drs. Foa and Wilson, internationally renowned authorities on the treatment of anxiety disorders, share their scientifically based and clinically proven self-help program that has already allowed thousands of men and women with OCD to enjoy a life free from excessive worries and rituals.

You will discover:
• Step-by-step programs for both mild and severe cases of OCD
• The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions and gain control over your compulsions
• New charts and fill-in guides to track progress and make exercises easier
• Questionnaires for self-evaluation and in-depth understanding of your symptoms
• Expert guidance for finding the best professional help
• The latest information about medications prescribed for OCD


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Contents

Foreword
Introduction
  PART IUnderstanding Your Problem
  1Do You Have Obsessions or Compulsions?
  2The Lives of ObsessiveCompulsives
  3Preparing for Your SelfHelp Program
  PART IIThe Initial SelfHelp Program
  4Meeting the Challenges
  PART IIIThe Intensive ThreeWeek Program
  7Treatment for Ritualizers
  8Your ThreeWeek SelfHelp Program
  9Medications That Help OCD
Encouraging Stories from Recovered ObsessiveCompulsives
Resources
Appendix A
Appendix B

  5Letting Go of Worries and Obsessions
  6Mastering Your Compulsions
About the Authors
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Edna B. Foa, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Foa has devoted her academic career to the study of the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia, and is currently one of the world’s leading experts in these areas. She was the chair of the DSM-IV subcommittee for OCD and cochaired the DSM-IV subcommittee for PTSD. Dr. Foa has published several books and more than 250 articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Among them are the Distinguished Professor Award under the Fulbright Program for International Exchange of Scholars; the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology; the first annual Outstanding Research Contribution Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy; the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Reid Wilson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. He is also adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He designed American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier and currently serves as the expert for WebMD’s Mental Health Community. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey ShowGood Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E’s Hoarders, and MTV’s True Life. He is a founding clinical fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. In 2014 he was honored with the highest national award given in his field, by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

David H. Barlow, PhD, is the founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He has published more than five hundred articles and sixty books and manuals on anxiety and emotional disorders.

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