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The OCD Workbook
Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are that your persistent obsessive thoughts and time-consuming compulsions keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. But when you are in the habit of avoiding the things you fear, the idea of facing them head-on can feel frightening and overwhelming. This book can help.

The OCD Workbook has helped thousands of people with OCD break the bonds of troubling OCD symptoms and regain the hope of a productive life. Endorsed and used in hospitals and clinics the world over, this valuable resource is now fully revised and updated with the latest evidence-based approaches to understanding and managing OCD. It offers day-to-day coping strategies you can start using right away, along with proven-effective self-help techniques that can help you maintain your progress. The book also includes information for family members seeking to understand and support loved ones who suffer from this often baffling and frustrating disorder. Whether you suffer with OCD or a related disorder, such as body dysmorphic disorder or trichotillomania, let this new edition of The OCD Workbook be your guide on the path to recovery.

This new edition will help you: use self-assessment tools to identify your symptoms and their severity; create and implement a recovery strategy using cognitive behavioral self-help tools and techniques; learn about the most effective medications and medical treatments; find the right professional help and access needed support for your recovery; and maintain your progress and prevent future relapse.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award 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.

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  • “This book is exceptional in that it has practical benefits for both obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferers and for clinicians. For sufferers, it serves as a self-help treatment guide for understanding the disorder and using proven treatment techniques to bring about symptom reduction. For clinicians, it serves as a treatment manual that can assist in making the initial diagnosis, identifying the particular OCD subtype, and developing a successful treatment plan.”
    —Paul R. Munford, Ph.D., director of the intensive outpatient treatment program at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center for OCD and Anxiety in San Rafael, CA, author of Overcoming Compulsive Washing

  • “A wealth of information and real help for people with OCD and their families! The OCD Workbook is a great resource that is practical and easy to understand, with the latest updates and effective step-by-step strategies.”
    —Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., author of Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book About OCD, What to Do When Your Child Has OCD, and Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents

  • “While there are many self-help books for OCD sufferers, there are few that are of the same caliber, in terms of completeness and usefulness, as Hyman and Pedrick’s The OCD Workbook. This is a first-rate resource for those seeking to recover their lives from this torturous disorder.”
    —Fred Penzel, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, NY, and author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  • “Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick’s updated and expanded version of their classic, The OCD Workbook, is one of the best self-help books on OCD. Many sections have been expanded and new ones added. Readers will find up-to-date information on their own particular OCD concerns and how to conquer them.”
    —Bruce Mansbridge, Ph.D., author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conquering Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior and clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin

  • “The third edition of The OCD Workbook expands on the already comprehensive second edition by adding new insights in areas including mindfulness meditation, responsibility modification techniques, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Here the reader finds the most comprehensive survey of cognitive behavioral treatment for OCD that is accessible to the layman. All is clearly written, easily grasped, and laid out in a very user-friendly manner. Every OCD sufferer should read this book!”
    —Ian Osborn, MD, psychiatrist, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, and author of Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • “This book is an extremely helpful step-by-step guide to overcoming OCD. The authors are experienced in the treatment of this debilitating disorder and provide an easy formula for understanding and treating the symptoms of OCD and some spectrum disorders, such as health anxiety and body dysmorphic disorder. It is a very thorough book explaining the need to engage in therapy and how to apply specific strategies for specific symptoms. Some helpful hints are also provided for family members. I strongly recommend the book for those combating OCD.”
    —Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., board-certified behavior and cognitive therapist, director of the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, and author of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • “This is an excellently organized, self-directed program to assist sufferers of OCD. The examples of cognitive behavioral treatment components for adults and children with OCD are very comprehensive. Parents and family will find support and assistance in breaking the patterns of enabling, and therapists will be able to implement behavioral assignments that will decrease OCD suffering.”
    —Blanche Freund, adjunct professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine

  • “There has long been a need for a workbook that puts concrete instructions for doing therapy directly into the hands of people with OCD and their families. Hyman and Pedrick have admirably filled that need in this book. The OCD Workbook provides critically important practical information on how to overcome a wide variety of OCD symptoms.”
    —Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, research professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain

  • “This book offers a clear explanation of the modern treatment of OCD. I personally expect to recommend it to many of my OCD patients. It contains clear, step-by-step procedures for exposure and ritual prevention that are fundamental parts of what we know to be the most powerful treatment for OCD. In addition, I was pleased to find step-by-step procedures and examples of how to use cutting-edge cognitive techniques. The book offers clear suggestions for working with a variety of forms of OCD, including scrupulosity, hit and run, and hoarding problems. This book should be helpful to people who need to do self-directed treatment as well as to therapists who can use the examples and steps to treat OCD effectively.”
    —James M. Claiborn, Ph.D., ABPP, psychologist and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

  • “More than just a workbook, this work by Hyman and Pedrick defines and demystifies obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, it offers therapists and patients a highly specific and useful treatment program. The OCD Workbook should be an important addition to your collection of OCD treatment literature.”
    —Robert H. Ackerman, MSW, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn

  • “What a delight to read The OCD Workbook! In my twenty years of clinical practice and research involving people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, this is the best self-help resource I have come across. Hyman, a clinical social worker, and Pedrick, a registered nurse, have written a terrific resource for persons with OCD and their families. Plus, this book should be on every therapist’s bookshelf. Thoroughly grounded in the principles of evidence-based practice, The OCD Workbook is a very readable, interesting, and easy-to-understand manual. I highly recommend it!”
    —Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Social Work at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL

    “The authors of this wonderful manual are to be congratulated for creating a comprehensive, balanced, and highly readable book. It should be a boon to patients and their family members and anyone else who wants to know about OCD and related disorders. The book provides detailed instructions for self-treatment that are about the best I have seen. I urge therapists to get a hold of this book and study it. Not only will they learn to be better therapists, but they will also understand their patients better.”
    —Donald W. Black, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine

    The OCD Workbook is a must for anyone affected by OCD. This comprehensive, easy-to-read, informative book presents a sensitively written self-guided program for exposure and response prevention (ERP) and covers many of the issues related to OCD. Hyman and Pedrick also include cognitive strategies aimed to identify faulty beliefs and challenge them, a strong addition to any treatment plan. Thousands of people have already benefited from this workbook!”
    —Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D., assistant professor and assistant chair of education at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California

    The OCD Workbook is readable and informative. I would encourage my patients to read it to learn more about OCD, its symptoms, and how we can be partners in its treatment.”
    —Roberto A. Domiguez, MD, former professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine

    The OCD Workbook is an amazing resource. It includes everything you need to conduct self-directed treatment for OCD. It is thorough, practical, and well-organized. It is an invaluable resource for clinicians as well.”
    —Bradley C. Riemann, Ph.D., director of the OCD Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI

    The OCD Workbook was already a useful tool for OCD sufferers. However, new sections on topics like mindfulness and health anxiety, an expanded list of resources, and other updates make the third edition better than ever.”
    —C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University

    “In The OCD Workbook, Hyman and Pedrick have crafted an excellent self-help guide that details proven methods of addressing obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Readers will find this book to be clearly written, easy to understand, and, most importantly, very user-friendly. Given the demonstrated powerful effects of behavioral therapy for OCD, this book promises to spread information about effective strategies for this problem and holds great potential for improving individuals’ quality of life.”
    —Eric A. Storch, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of South Florida and director of the University of South Florida OCD Program


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