Daring to Challenge OCD: Overcome Your Fear of Treatment and Take Control of Your Life Using Exposure and Response Prevention


Self Esteem/Self Help

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you may suffer from obsessive thoughts, fears, and anxiety. You know, more than anyone, how debilitating this condition can be. But you may also be reluctant to start treatment due to fear, stigma, and misconceptions regarding therap -particularly exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. You may think of a number of reasons not to go, or to drop out, but if you are committed to getting better, you need to take that important step toward healing. ERP is a proven-effective treatment that can help people with OCD break free from the constraints of their disorder; however, many people have misconceptions about what this treatment entails. In Daring to Challenge OCD, anxiety specialist Joan Davidson, PhD, gives a thorough overview of ERP, what to expect during treatment, and offers gentle guidance to help you finally overcome the common fears and anxiety that can stand in the way of getting the help you need. If you are considering treatment, you may ask yourself, What will my therapist expect me to do? Will treatment be too difficult for me to handle? Will I be asked to do things that put me at risk?
This book will demystify treatment for OCD so that you can stop being afraid, and start changing your life. And if you are a therapist dealing with treatment resistance in your clients, this book makes for wonderful suggested reading to help get them back into therapy.


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""Daring to Challenge OCD" is a long overdue, step-by-step treatment manual that offers hope to those struggling to tackle the complexities inherent in exposure and response prevention therapy. Offering personal, firsthand accounts of what it's like to go through the treatment process, this easy-to-read, wonderfully well-written tool is a must-have for those needing to guide their own treatment and who may not otherwise have access to expert therapists. The compassionate approach in this book will help many overcome their fear of treatment and embrace their new journey toward recovery of their OCD."--Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW, president of the International OCD Foundation, featured doctor on A&E's "Hoarders," and author of "The Hoarder in You"

Joan Davidson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of California at Berkeley, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Davidson specializes in empirically supported treatments for adults with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors. She supervises clinical psychology graduate students and provides consultation for licensed practitioners. She presents and writes on topics related to the fundamental components of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She has coauthored book chapters on case formulation in CBT and a book and a video series titled, The Essential Components of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression (American Psychological Association, 2001). She resides and practices in Oakland, CA.

General Fields

  • : 9781608828593
  • : New Harbinger Publications
  • : New Harbinger
  • : January 2014
  • : 229mm X 154mm X 12mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 616.85227
  • : VS
  • : Paperback