OCD: Beyond Reasonable Doubt

December 15, 2008

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Reasoning Processes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders, is available to buy at The Potential Shop.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has most usually been classed as an anxiety disorder, but there is increasing evidence that perhaps it is schizotypal in nature, ie a belief disorder. Speaking from personal experience as some one who has been diagnosed as schizotypal, the OCD symptoms I have certainly seem consistent with this.

This book suggests that reasoning and logical thinking should be the cornerstone of effective treatment for OCD. It evaluates theoretical, experimental, clinical and treatment aspects of reasoning research, and provides case studies and historical data to back up its assertions. Though the book is clinical in nature and written for clinicians, it is recommended for the lay person and for patients too, simply because there are so few quality books on schizotypal disorder and its relationship to anxiety disorders.

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Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life

November 27, 2008

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Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life, is available to buy at The Potential Shop.

It is estimated that over 17 million Americans suffer from social anxiety, and (including myself) a fair few foreigners too. In this book Drs. Barbara and Gregory Markway offer insight into the disorder, analysis of up-to-date research, and simple practical exercises aimed at building the confidence of the sufferer.

Many people with social anxiety disorder will avoid social interaction at all costs, overwhelmed by both their physical and psychological aversion to social situations. Painfully Shy offers step-by-step exercises aimed at reducing fear, strategies for improving confidence, and ultimately reaching the goal of feeling at ease in a social environment. The book draws on case histories of the doctors’ own patients, as well as Barbara Markway’s personal experience of social anxiety disorder. Both doctors are clinical psychologists specializing in this field.

“The title of this book caught my eye because that’s what I always thought of myself as…I found this answered many of the questions I had.”

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The Mindful Way Through Depression

November 10, 2008

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The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness is available to buy through Mental Health Books.

Mindfulness is another word for consciousness or awareness, and is a technique increasingly used by psychotherapists to help enable sufferers to take greater control over their internal thought processes. The technique has its background in Buddhism and meditative practice.

In this book, four world-renowned experts on mindfulness collaborate to share their wisdom in mindfulness as an effective tool for overcoming depression, anxiety and related psychological disorders. It brings an excellent balance between clinical and meditative practice, and is presented in comprehensible language for the lay person as well as the professional. This is an invaluable resource not only for depression sufferers, but for anyone familiar with patterns of negativity, anxiety and low self-esteem. It is also suitable for those who feel high levels of self-consciousness, but with insufficient control over the process. Mindfulness is helping me concentrate right now as I write this, and I probably couldn’t give it any better endorsement than that.

‘A revolutionary treatment approach. For depression sufferers, this is a truly useful guide to achieving emotional balance. For mental health professionals, it should be mandatory reading. I recommend this book and companion CD most highly.’ – Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

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Sky Is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

November 3, 2008

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Sky Is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, is available to buy through The Potential Shop.

It is estimated that between 14-20 million Americans suffer from some sort of anxiety or panic disorder (and including myself, more than a few foreigners too). Many lives are consumed with phobias and irrational fears, and many lives are blighted as a result. In this book Dr Raeann Dumont suggests that these fears develop as a result of magical thinking, a process by which conclusions develop without the presence of a rational thought process. This book presents examples through case studies, such as a woman experiencing panic attacks in public places, a man whose intense phobias ended his marriage and resulted in his alcoholism, and a young boy who refuses food due to a phobia of being poisoned. The doctor offers cognitive therapy and self-help techniques as practical guidance for recognizing irrational thought processes, and working towards overcoming them.

This book is an invaluable resource to sufferers, their families and therapists alike. Those with a more general interest in CBT might also find it useful.

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Overcoming Social Anxiety And Shyness Workbook

October 30, 2008

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Overcoming Social Anxiety And Shyness, A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, is available to buy through Mental Health Books.

Although a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Gillian Butler has written this book with sufferers in mind, and offers clearly-written and effective strategies for overcoming such conditions as panic disorder, chronic phobias, depression and anxiety. It is an empowering workbook for anyone who has ever felt powerless and paralysed by their chronic fear and lack of confidence.

The first part of the book examines the history of social anxiety, and analysis of what actually happens when social anxiety strikes. Part Two then offers a complete and comprehensive practical guide rooted in CBT, intended to effectively manage these fears and change patterns of negative thinking. Much of this is centered around the reduction of self-consciousness, which of course is something that many of us struggle with. The third and final part of the book offers additional information on relaxation techniques, dealing with the legacy of childhood bullying, and much more besides.

Those of us looking for a practical and commonsense approach to overcoming generalized and more specific anxiety disorders will benefit greatly from this book. It is also recommended reading for those with a wider interest in human and social behaviors.

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