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Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Author: Leslie Shapiro

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN 10: 1440832110
ISBN 13: 978-1440832116

One of the most experienced therapists in the world for treatment-resistant obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) explains the disorder, the treatments available, and the skills needed to overcome and outsmart OCD.

This is an eye-opening study of one of the most common psychiatric ailments diagnosed today―obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Written by Leslie J. Shapiro, a renowned therapist at one of the most well known OCD facilities in the world, this reference shares effective treatment strategies and clinical factors for helping therapists, mental health professionals, psychology students, clergy, and others deal with patients coping with this illness. The author offers case examples from her 15 years of residential work with patients, demonstrating how sufferers―even the most treatment resistant―can get control of the condition.

Organized into three sections, this guidebook first reveals how OCD and guilt are intertwined and explores survival instincts, cultural factors, and the nature of thoughts. The second section covers aspects of the obsessive conscience such as scrupulosity, moralosity, and obsessive guilt. The book's conclusion describes effective exposure and response prevention strategies for these symptoms and examines methods of treatment that augment and help maintain recovery. An in-depth discussion on the differences between compulsive and impulsive behaviors―as well as other treatment impediments―is included.

• Includes a list of normal "bad" thoughts versus obsessions

• Features tests to rate one's guilt, scrupulosity, and OCD

• Examines the ways in which guilt is an interfering factor in OCD treatment and recovery

• Covers effective strategies for controlling the conscience-related aspects of the disease