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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (Oct. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572249218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572249219
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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""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

About the Author

Bruce M. Hyman, PhD, LCSW, is a Florida licensed clinical social worker and board-certified diplomate in clinical social work who earned his masters and doctoral degrees from Florida State University. For the past twenty-three years, he has maintained an active private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. In 1992 he established the OCD Resource Center of Florida to offer comprehensive services to adults and children with OCD and related anxiety disorders from all over the North and SouthAmerica. Today he is one of the most sought-after clinicians treating OCD and anxiety disorders in the United States. He is coauthor of The OCD Workbook .

Cherry Pedrick, RN, is a freelance writer with over twenty year's experience as a nurse who is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their physical, mental and spiritual lives. In 1994 she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which began an intensive search for knowledge, effective treatment, and management of OCD. She has coauthored many books for people with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including the first edition of The OCD Workbook, The Habit Control Workbook, The BDD Workbook , and Helping Your Child with OCD . She lives in North Las Vegas, NV. You can read many of her articles and learn more about her books at

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By Linda Schutt on Nov. 22 2014
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A great place to start for anyone that dosen't know where to turn next.
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By Maxime on Aug. 19 2015
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Very good and thorough. Exercises are practical and useful.
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By Richard guerin on July 17 2014
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Greate to work with
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda S. Webb on April 16 2013
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it willl take some time to work through but hopefully this will help, will work through it and will let you know
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book, Broad Coverage of the Topic June 5 2011
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This is a great book for OCD sufferes and their families. The book is comprised of several different approaches that all work together to build a helpful overall viewpoint of OCD and to also offer a way through the problems that this illness causes. There are case studies, questionaires, snippets of advice for family members, and exposure-response prevention cognitive behaviour therapy (ERP CBT) exercises proven to help people to get past the fears associated with their OCD. The book is very accessible and the writing style is compassionate and easy to read--I have read far drier OCD books! One of the main advantages of this book is the variety of the information and the diversity with which it is presented. Quite often people are not diagnosed with OCD for many years after it begins to trouble them. I think that this is because so many normal people (if there is truly such a creature) also have the same sorts of thoughts that the people with OCD have. Therefore, many people who do have OCD spend years wondering why life seems to be so much harder for them than for other people, since "everyone has thoughts they don't want, so what's wrong with me?". By reading through the case studies you have a chance to perhaps see your own problems; and the questionaires also give you a range of issues that OCD patients suffer with. Being able to identify with the cases and symptoms presented at a glance is great for people who might not be sure whether or not they are OCD. The vast relief you can find from simply being able to realise that, "Those thoughts don't mean I am bad; they're just OCD" is hard to over-value.

I have two issues with this book. One is that the author is, in my opinion, too quick to dismiss the potential of natural therapies. Really only one paragraph is devoted to this topic and he is brief and almost disparaging in his dismissal, stating that there are no studies showing any benefits from natural therapies. Perhaps he has not seen any, but there are actually quite a number of natural treatments that offer at least as much success as the standard presciption medication treatment that he is--again, in my opinion--a little overly fond of. This is a widely contested topic and the chances are good that you will already fall into the pro-natural therapies camp or not, but in any case, I suggest that you look elsewhere for solid information on this area. The OCD Workbook does not have any to offer.

My second niggle is with the ERP exercise itself--in some applications. In short, the basic premise is to repeat something you have an obseeive fear towards until you are bored of it. That's rather simplified, but I don't want to go into too much detail! Anyhow, I agree that this reduces the fear associated with not carrying out the related compulsion. (I can hardly disagree; studies have proven it to be so). However, many other psychological studies have shown far greater benefits for people who, instead of concentrating on their fears, move towards a vision of freedom. But there are no books I know of that teach this specifically for OCD, yet. Perhaps I will write one. :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very Helpful. Recommended by counselor. April 5 2013
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This book really helps explain what OCD is and all the variations in symptoms. It does not only focus on perfectionism and light switch flicking. While those are very important and debilitating symptoms to discuss, it's nice to learn what other symptoms are a part of OCD and what can be done about them. For example, violent thoughts and images/impulses. It's informative and helps you take action against OCD.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very, very helpful May 28 2014
By Stacy E - Published on
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As an OCD sufferer it helps to read a book that is informative and, most importantly, sensitive and relatable. I found the background information about OCD and the different types very helpful and comforting. I am still trying to force myself to do some of the most challenging ERP strategies. The quick "on-the-go" strategies have been helpful. This book, along with other OCD books, have really helped me start the process of getting my OCD in check. The workbook especially does a great job at identifying each specific type of OCD and reaching out compassionately to the reader/OCD sufferer.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not for me Dec 15 2012
By Spencerinc - Published on
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I purchased this from Amazon based on Amazon's recommendation because of a few other books I had bought. I had just finished reading "Brain Lock" by Jeffrey M. Schwartz. I found that they were similar, but I already had so many tools that I learned in the other book that I found this one to be too detailed and rigorous. In my case, I would just recommend reading "Brain Lock" and skipping this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Life with ocd June 6 2014
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This was an excellent book. I bought this for a family member suffering from ocd. It has helped a tremendous amount. He is able to live a normal life now and even though his ocd is not cured fully. He is back to who he was. Thank you for writing this book.