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Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy
A three-CD self-help supplement to Stop Obsessing! Practical steps toward mastering obsessions and compulsions. CD 1 & 2: Common Features, The Four Challenges, What to Do During Obsessing, How to Handle Compulsions; CD 3: A-Practicing the Breathing Skills, B-Generalized Relaxation and Imagery. (Edna Foa, Ph.D. & Reid Wilson, Ph.D.).
If you find yourself tormented by unwanted, disturbing thoughts or compelled to perform rigidly set actions to reduce your distress, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It may be as mild as doubting whether you turned off the iron before leaving the house, or it may be as severe and disabling as washing your hands for hours each day. But whatever its degree, OCD is distressing, uncomfortable, and can disrupt your life or destroy your most important relationships.
DO ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS SOUND FAMILIAR?
You tend to worry…and you can’t get the worrisome thoughts out of your mind
You leave the house, but go back again and again to check whether you locked the door…turned off the stove…left the iron on
You save years and years of old magazines and newspapers because someday you might need an article
You repeat certain numbers or words in your head to feel "good" or "safe"
You need to arrange objects – like the things on a shelf or in a drawer – in a certain way or in a special pattern
You won’t use a public bathroom because you might be contaminated
You get upset if other people touch your things
You have violent, bizarre, or frightening thoughts or fear you might hurt someone you love
IF SO, THEN YOU MIGHT BE SUFFERING FROM AN OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER. FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN…STOP OBSESSING!
About the Authors:
Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. is a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Foa has devoted her academic career to the study of the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia, and is currently one of the world's leading experts in this area. Dr. Foa was the chair of the DSM-IV Subcommittee for OCD and co-chaired the DSM-IV Subcommittee for PTSD.
Dr. Foa has published several books and more than 250 articles and book chapters, and has lectured extensively around the world. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Among them are the Distinguished Professor Award under the Fulbright Program for International Exchange of Scholars; the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology; the first annual Outstanding Research Contribution Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy; the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and a Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
R. Reid Wilson, Ph.D. directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Program in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. Dr. Wilson is on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991.