Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey M. Schwartz

By Jeffrey M. Schwartz

An anticipated five million american citizens be afflicted by obsessive-compulsive disease (OCD) and stay reduced lives during which they're forced to obsess approximately anything or to copy an identical job again and again. usually, OCD has been handled with Prozac or related medicinal drugs. the matter with drugs, apart from its rate, is that 30 percentage of individuals taken care of do not reply to it, and whilst the capsules cease, the indicators continually go back.

In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz offers an easy four-step process for overcoming OCD that's so powerful, it truly is now utilized in educational remedy facilities through the global. confirmed by way of brain-imaging assessments to truly regulate the brain's chemistry, this system does not depend upon psychopharmaceuticals. in its place, sufferers use cognitive self-therapy and behaviour amendment to strengthen new styles of reaction to their obsessions. In essence, they use the brain to mend the mind. utilizing the real-life tales of tangible sufferers, Brain Lock explains this innovative strategy and gives readers with the foundation and instruments to unfastened themselves from their psychic prisons and regain keep an eye on in their lives.

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The second step was to Reattribute them to OCD. In my treatment, these went hand in hand. On an intellectual level, I knew that OCD was a chemical problem in my brain and that the sensations this problem produced were more or less meaningless side effects of the chemical problem. Still, it is one thing to know this intellectually and another to be able to say while in the midst of an OCD attack that what you are feeling really isn’t important per se. The irritating thing about OCD is that when you have it, your worries, urges, and obsessions seem like the most important things in the world.

Whenever the OCD wanted to make him miserable, he would make himself happy by making his fiancée happy. A deeply religious man, Chet also turned to the Scriptures for inspiration and found comfort in the passage “The Lord searcheth all hearts and He understands all the imaginations of the mind” (I Chronicles 28:9). Chet clearly understood how this passage applied to him: God understands my heart and knows that my mind is messed up. I must work to stop beating myself up over it. It’s interesting to note that there is a centuries-old precedent for this.

You will learn to fight off those urges and redirect your mind to other, more constructive behaviors. For the first time ever for any psychiatric condition or any psychotherapy technique, we have scientific evidence that cognitive-behavioral therapy alone actually causes chemical changes in the brains of people with OCD. We have demonstrated that by changing your behavior, you can free yourself from Brain Lock, change your brain chemistry, and get relief from OCD’s terrible symptoms. The end result: increased self-control and enhanced self-command, resulting in heightened self-esteem.

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