One facet of OCD that is just beginning to be widely known is that people with the disorder can present a wide range of symptoms. This book addresses the needs of those who struggle with obsessive thoughts they perceive as violent, disgusting, or blasphemous. Psychologists estimate that more than 50 percent of OCD sufferers experience aggressive, religious, or sexual thoughts.
The goal of Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts is to help people understand the impact of their control efforts on their obsessional thoughts. It works to help them recognize that thoughts, in themselves, are not threatening, dangerous, or harmful. Rather, it is the compulsive strategies they develop for coping that make the thoughts seem so harmful.
This book offers safe and effective exposure exercises readers can use to limit the effect obsessive thoughts have on their lives. In addition to self-care strategies, it includes information about choosing and making the most of professional care. Available in sturdy paperback or eBook format.
Christine Purdon, PhD, C.Psych, is associate professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
David A. Clark, PhD, L.Psych, (Fredericton) is professor of psychology at the University of New Brunswick.
1 soft covered book, 160 pages.