If your loved one has OCD, you may be unsure of how to express your concerns in a compassionate, effective way. In When a Family Member Has OCD, you and your family will learn ways to better understand and communicate with each other when OCD becomes a major part of your household. In addition to proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques, you’ll find comprehensive information on OCD and its symptoms, as well as advice for each affected family member.
OCD affects millions of people worldwide. Though significant advances have been made in medication and therapeutic treatments of the disorder, there are few resources available to help families deal with the impact of a loved one’s symptoms. This book provides a helpful guide for your family.
The OCD Answer Book is an authoritative reference for these adults and their loved ones, providing sound advice and
immediate answers to their most pressing questions.
-What is an obsession?
-What is a compulsion?
-Is it possible to "grow out" of OCD?
-Does OCD run in families?
-What increases my risk for OCD?
-If I check something several times does that mean that I suffer from OCD?
-I heard that OCD and strep throat might be related to each other. Is that true?
Written by an experienced psychologist in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The OCD Answer Book helps readers and their loved ones cope with OCD, conquer their fears, and seek therapy when necessary.
Are you overwhelmed by a need to "get it right"? Do continual "what-ifs" prevent you from making decisions? Do you check again and again to see if the door is locked? Are your thoughts and habits causing you anxiety, guilt, or shame?
If so, you're not alone. You may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, a very specific and largely biochemical problem that affects over 5 million Americans. Now this compassionate, informative guide helps you break the tyranny of obsession and compulsions, providing the latest facts on why OCD occurs, its symptoms, and the breakthrough treatments that can dramatically improve the lives of OCD sufferers. Find out about:
How to determine if you have OCD--and whether your problem is severe enough to warrant professional help
How diet, stress, and other lifestyle conditions can trigger the symptoms of OCD
The two most highly effective forms of treatment--and how to decide what's best for you
The latest news in alternative therapies, including yoga, biofeedback, and herbal therapy, plus cutting-edge research that promises freedom from the chains of OCD forever
From the Paperback edition.