Overcoming Harm OCD: Mindfulness and CBT Tools for Coping with Unwanted Violent Thoughts
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN 10: 1684031478
ISBN 13: 978-1684031474
Don’t let your thoughts and fears define you. In Overcoming Harm OCD, psychotherapist Jon Hershfield offers powerful cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness tools to help you break free from the pain and self-doubt caused by harm OCD.
Do you suffer from violent, unwanted thoughts and a crippling fear of harming others? Are you afraid to seek treatment for fear of being judged? If so, you may have harm OCD—an anxiety disorder associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). First and foremost, you need to know that these thoughts do not define you as a human being. But they can cause a lot of real emotional pain. So, how can you overcome harm OCD and start living a better life?
Written by an expert in treating harm OCD, this much-needed book offers a direct and comprehensive explanation of what harm OCD is and how to manage it. You’ll learn why you have unwanted thoughts, how to identify mental compulsions, and find an overview of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatment approaches that can help you reclaim your life. You’ll also find tips for disclosing violent obsessions, finding adequate professional help, and working with loved ones to address harm OCD systemically. And finally, you’ll learn that your thoughts are just thoughts, and that they don’t make you a bad person.
If you have harm OCD, it’s time to move past the stigma and start focusing on solutions. This evidence-based guide will help light the way.
This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation—an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
—Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, and director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Clinic
—Patrick B. McGrath, PhD, assistant vice president and residential services clinical director at AMITA Health, Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center
—Eric Storch, PhD, vice chair, professor, and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine
—James Claiborn, PhD, ABPP, ACT, psychologist specializing in OCD and related disorders, diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Counseling Psychology, diplomate and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and coauthor of TheHabit Change Workbook and The BDD Workbook
—Jonathan Hoffman, PhD, ABPP, licensed psychologist, cofounder and clinical director of the Neurobehavioral Institute and NBI Ranch in Southeast Florida, member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and author of Stuck
—Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP, director of the OCD and anxiety program at the Lindner Center of HOPE; vice president at OCD Midwest; associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
—Amy Jacobsen, PhD, licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of OCD in Kansas, and coauthor of Childhood Anxiety Disorders
—Stuart Ralph, The OCD Stories
—Joan Davidson, PhD, codirector of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; assistant professor in the clinical science program at University of California, Berkeley; and author of Daring to Challenge OCD
I predict that this book becomes the go-to reference for current and future generations of OCD sufferers, their loved ones, and treating clinicians.
Hershfield has deftly avoided being drawn into providing excessive reassurance, which OCD would surely love! Rather, he gifts the reader with tools to live with the uncertainty we must all face as human beings—specifically with respect to our past and future actions.”
—S. Evelyn Stewart, MD, associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and director of the Provincial OCD Program at the BC Children’s Hospital