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Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Calling Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) a chemical disorder of the brain, Dr. Osborn (himself afflicted) explains how the disorder differs from addiction, worrying, and preoccupation.
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published March 10th 1998 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jun 17, 2014 Teatum rated it liked it
I usually don't read books like this, but this was a great supplement to an article I read recently. Easy reading, great writing style, helped me understand OCD a lot more.
Oct 22, 2013 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As far as outlining the different types of OCD and the variety of treatments, this book was alright. It was interesting to learn that it is more of a physical disease than purely mental. If you're looking for something to make OCD easier to understand, than this is a good book for you. I gave it two stars because the author was too eager to make excuses for religion and suggested that leaning on it to deal with OCD was just as good as other therapies, and I simply don't agree.
Jan 29, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. I was happy to find a book that described the 5 different types of obsessive behavior. It's not just handwashing and being orderly - neither of which I obsess about. It was comforting to know that other have the same kinds of thoughts that I do.

I will read this again and again. OCD is a term that is so lightly tossed around. It is comforting to read such a detailed book about what OCD REALLY is.
Jul 19, 2016 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ocd
Indispensable reading for anyone who suffers from or lives with someone suffering from OCD. I agree with other reviewers who said that this was a very accessible, compassionate book. Dr. Osborn writes from the viewpoint of both sufferer and helper. Truly compassionate. Awesome book.
Apr 03, 2008 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible book that highlights the main symptoms of OCD. I was impressed that the author included a section about religiosity and it's affect on symptoms. One of the best, most comprehensive books on the topic of OCD I have read.
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Aug 09, 2011 Vrinda Pendred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Really good detailed explanation / examination of OCD, complete with a list of all the types of symptoms...which is fantastic in letting people know it's more than just hand-washing and counting.
I've read this at least twice and keep it in my library. It really educates the reader that obsessive compulsive disorder is so much more complicated than The Boy who Washes his hands ...
Oct 09, 2015 Katy marked it as started-but-haven-t-finished
I borrowed this from the library. Ran out of time to finish reading it. I enjoyed what I had read. Hope to finish it in the future.
Elizabeth Bat
Jan 11, 2008 Elizabeth Bat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone suffering from ocd or other severe anxiety disorders
Recommended to Elizabeth by: my mother
Really helped me out, i was diagnosed before, but this book also helps family members.
made me feel a little less insane
informative and compassionate

great read
ah ocd, how i love thee.
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