Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

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By (author) Jeffrey M. Schwartz

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0060987111
  • ISBN 13: 9780060987114
  • Sales rank: 7,868

Product description

An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally, OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs. The problem with medication, aside from its cost, is that 30 percent of people treated don't respond to it, and when the pills stop, the symptoms invariably return. In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it's now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world. Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the brain's chemistry, this method doesn't rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead, patients use cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. In essence, they use the mind to fix the brain. Using the real-life stories of actual patients, Brain Lock explains this revolutionary method and provides readers with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain control of their lives.

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Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D. is an internationally-recognized authority on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and is the author of the bestseller Brain Lock. He is a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

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By Roslyn Hughes 02 Aug 2011 3

As a psychologist I found this book most useful for its case histories of OCD clients. I often shared them with my own clients who stated that it was good to be able to relate to other people's stories and it meant they didnt feel so alone. They also liked hearing about how others with similar problems progressed through therapy using the strategies outlined in the book.

The book focus's on a four step therapy method- Relabel, Reattribute, Refocus and Revalue.

On the down side, I did not find the book particularly user friendly. It is very wordy and does not offer any useful hand-outs for clients. Its not a book I would recommend to a friend with OCD either, unless they were quite motivated and academically minded. That's not to say that it uses a lot of jargon, it's just that it finds a way to spin the 4 steps out over 11 chapters, which gets tedious after awhile.

Im not sure if I can say this in a review, but as a clinician I found the book "Getting over OCD" by J Abramowitz much more useful (see my review on it here at book depository).

Review quote

"A remarkable achievement! This book will make a world of difference in the lives of people with OCD."--Eric Hollander, M.D., Compulsive, Impulsive & Anxiety Disorders Program, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine