Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions

Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions

by Lee Baer

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Thoroughly revised and updated—the go-to book for OCD sufferers who want to master their fears and take charge of their lives

The first comprehensive guide to treating obsessive compulsive disorder based on clinically proven behavioral therapy techniques, Dr. Lee Baer’s Getting Control has been providing OCD sufferers with information and relief for more than twenty years. In the same easy-to-understand format as the original, this updated edition includes:

• Cutting-edge behavioral therapy techniques
• Breakthrough advances in neuroscience
• Brand new material on hoarding
• Expanded sections on how families can help OCD sufferers
• The latest diagnostic standards as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association
• A completely revised list of resources

OCD sufferers and their loved ones will find everything they need to assess their symptoms, set realistic goals, and create specific therapeutic exercises for managing this disorder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101589144
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 578,144
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Baer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of OCD and related disorders. Author of Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions and The Imp of the Mind, Baer is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of research of the OCD unit at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as of the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface to the Original Edition xiii

Preface to the Third Edition xv

Chapter 1 What Is OCD? 1

What Is OCD?

How Common Is OCD?

What Causes OCD?

What Are the Subtypes of OCD?

What Problems Are Confused with OCD?

What Disorders May Be Related to OCD?

Chapter 2 Treatment of OCD 31

Behavior Therapy for OCD

Medication Treatment for OCD

Other Treatments for OCD

Principles of Behavior Therapy

Chapter 3 Test Yourself 57

Assessing the Type of Your OCD Symptoms

Measuring the Severity of Your OCD

Assessing the Strength of Your Belief in Your Obsessions or Compulsions

Assessing Avoidance Due to OCD

Assessing Depression

Interpreting the Results

Chapter 4 Setting Your Goals 75

Basic Principles of Setting Long-term Goals

Basic Principles of Setting Practice Goals

Chapter 5 HOW to Use Behavior Therapy to Get Control of Your Symptoms 102

Techniques to Assist Exposure and Response Prevention

Tailoring Behavior Therapy to Your OCD Symptoms

Chapter 6 Staying in Control 130

Long-term Results of Behavior Therapy

Getting the Odds in Your Favor

Chapter 7 Getting Control of Problems Related to OCD 145


Skin Picking

Tourette Syndrome

Excessive Bodily Worries

Hoarding Disorder

Chapter 8 Medications for OCD 178

SRI Medications









What Other Medications Can Help OCD?

Common Questions About Medications for OCD

Combining Medication with Behavior Therapy

Chapter 9 Your Questions Answered 194

Chapter 10 For Family, Friends, and Helpers 207

Dealing with Family Members or Friends Who Have OCD

Dealing with Family Members or Friends Who Won't Get Help for Their OCD

If You Are Asked to Be a Helper

Bibliography 225

Appendix. Self-Rating Forms 229

Index 255

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