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Watkins Glen Public Library 1 616.8522 SIN Adult NonFiction Book

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Daniel Singer hadn't eaten in a week. Hunched over with his head in his hands, he'd sit in his "safe" chair for hours, doing nothing but shaking, mumbling and moaning; he was in the throes of severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dan went from seven therapists to ten medications to a nine week stay at a world renowned residential treatment program. His parents worried he'd never again be able to function in society, or even worse, survive. Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery is a mother's account of the courage and perseverance of a young man who at times was hindered by the very people who were supposed to be helping him. It is a story of hope and the power of family, as well as a useful guide for all those whose lives have been touched by this often misunderstood and misrepresented disorder. Weaving expert commentary and useful information about OCD and its treatment throughout, the authors are able to offer not just a personal account of how the disorder can affect sufferers and families, but also a glimpse into the possibilities for diagnosis, clinical approaches, and successful outcomes. Today, thanks to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, one of the available treatments for OCD, Dan is a college graduate working in his chosen field and living life to the fullest. He is living proof that even those with the most severe cases of OCD can not only recover, but triumph.

Author Notes

Janet Singer is an advocate for OCD awareness, with the goal of spreading the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. Six years ago, her son Dan suffered from OCD so debilitating he could not even eat. Today, thanks to exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, he is a young man living his life to the fullest. Janet writes regularly for Psychcentral.com as well as Mentalhelp.net, and has been published on many other web sites including Beyond OCD, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and Mad in America. She has also been an invited speaker at OCD conferences. She started her own blog, ocdtalk (www.ocdtalk.wordpress.com) in 2010 and it currently reaches readers in 162 countries. She uses a pseudonym to protect her son's privacy.Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Haverford College. Dr. Gillihan was on the faculty at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania from 2008-2012. His research publications include articles and book chapters on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for OCD, anxiety, and depression, how CBT helps people to get better, and the use of brain imaging to study psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gillihan's clinical practice is located in Haverford, PA.

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After witnessing strange behavior in her son, Dan, while visiting him at college, Singer first realized that he had OCD. Singer, now an advocate for OCD awareness, has crafted a touching account of her family's search for treatment . Each chapter covers a separate stage of their journey, from recognition of the disorder ("Everything Is Not Fine"), to seeking different avenues of help and treatments ("Looking For Help," "ERP to the Rescue"), to complications with Dan's residential treatment program ("A Pothole in the Road") and departure from the program ("The Crash," "Picking up the Pieces"), leading to his ultimate "Triumph over OCD." Deftly embedded throughout the Singers' journey are informative passages from co-author Gillihan, an assistant professor of psychology, that deftly mirror Singer's memoir narrative with clinical facts. For example, Gillihan explains "What is OCD" after Singer recounts her realization that her son had the disorder, later discussing "Odd Behavior in OCD" and "Medication for OCD" when Singer describes Dan's problem behaviors and struggle with various medications. Eventually, supported by his loving family, Dan was able to overcome OCD through exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment. Singer and Gillihan's differing backgrounds and perspectives complement each other for a book that will leave readers moved, as well as educated about the nature of a disorder and how to defeat it. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1 Everything Is Not Finep. 1
2 Looking for Helpp. 13
3 Time to Eatp. 25
4 Going Homep. 37
5 ERP to the Rescuep. 53
6 Make Me Do Thisp. 67
7 A Pothole in the Roadp. 81
8 St. Joseph's to the Rescue?p. 97
9 Termination Dayp. 105
10 Back to Bridgevillep. 117
11 Trial and Errorp. 131
12 The Crashp. 143
13 Picking Up the Piecesp. 155
14 It Didn't Have to Happenp. 167
15 Side Effects Take Overp. 177
16 A Turning Pointp. 187
17 Hopep. 195
18 Triumph over OCDp. 203
Resourcesp. 207
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 219
About the Authorsp. 223

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