By Jeffrey M. Schwartz
An expected five million american citizens be afflicted by obsessive-compulsive disease (OCD) and stay decreased lives within which they're forced to obsess approximately whatever or to copy the same job many times. characteristically, OCD has been handled with Prozac or related medications. the matter with medicine, apart from its rate, is that 30 percentage of individuals handled do not reply to it, and while the drugs cease, the indications normally go back.
In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz offers an easy four-step strategy for overcoming OCD that's so potent, it truly is now utilized in educational remedy facilities in the course of the international. confirmed by way of brain-imaging exams to truly modify the brain's chemistry, this technique does not depend on psychopharmaceuticals. in its place, sufferers use cognitive self-therapy and behaviour amendment to advance 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 approach and gives readers with the foundation and instruments to loose themselves from their psychic prisons and regain regulate in their lives.
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By the end of his life, in 1976, he was overwhelmed by the disease. He spent his last days in isolation in his top-floor suite at the Princess Hotel in Acapulco, where he had sealed himself in a hospital-like atmosphere, terrified of germs. Blackout curtains at every window kept all sunlight out; the sun, he thought, might transmit the germs he so dreaded. Aides with facial tissues covering their hands brought him food, which had to be precisely cut and measured. Rumors abounded that he was this reclusive because of drug abuse, a syphilitic condition, or terminal dementia.
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.
BRIAN Brian, a 46-year-old car salesman, lay awake in bed every night, listening for the wail of sirens. If he heard both a fire engine and a police car, he knew there’d been a traffic accident nearby. Whatever the hour, he would get up, dress, and drive around until he found the accident scene. As soon as the police had left, he’d take a bucket of water, a brush, and baking soda from his car and start scrubbing down the asphalt. He had to. Battery acid might have spilled in the collision, and Brian, who had to drive these streets every day, had a morbid fear of being contaminated by battery acid.
Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey M. Schwartz