Brain Lock, Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The 20th anniversary edition of the definitive classic on defeating obsessive-compulsive behavior, with all-new material from the author.
An estimated five million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs. The problem with medication, aside from its cost, is that 30 percent of people treated don't respond to it, and when the pills stop, the symptoms invariably return.
In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it's now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world. Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the brain's chemistry, this method doesn't rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead patients use cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. In essence they use the mind to fix the brain.
Using the real-life stories of actual patients, Brain Lock explains this revolutionary method and provides listeners with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain control of their lives.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 44 minutes|
|Author||Jeffrey M. Schwartz|
|Narrator||Jeffrey M. Schwartz|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 December 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 9,400 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I've gone from a nasty and sometimes debilitating panic at about 9/10 to a very manageable normal of 1/10 with spikes of about 3/10. I am so thankful to Dr.Schwartz.
I know that I would have much preferred to go into a psychologists office, him hand me Brain Lock, and I walk out (partly because of the broad and deep understanding Schwartz has of the condition, as opposed to a lot of doctor's and counsellors who are just partially guessing).
It is the most well written, practical, and helpful book I have ever read. I only wish I had been able to read it about 8 years ago! If you know anyone that suffers from any type of OCD, please buy this for them. It is the key to getting your life back on track if you suffer from OCD.
I read the introduction, beginnings and ends of all sections. I finished reading it, went to sleep. Prior to that, I made a decision, it was that simple. If you want to change your life, do it immediately.
The 4 steps described in this book may seem like some kind of doctrine you feel is being imposed on you. It may seem patronising. However, these 4 steps have been derrived from intensive studies. They are the simplified formula given to you in its most optimised form, like an optimised computer algorithm.
Temperature of the underside of your frontal lobes is higher than those without these mental disorders. It is a neurological disorder which affected you psychologically. Change the cause of the problem - cognitively (thoughtfully) treat your mind, you are in control of re-engineering the filters in your thought processes. You attack the problem cognitively, you follow the correct thought process, and voila, from within, it manifests in a perfectly healthy brain.
The reason you've failed so far (and I assume you have since you are seeking help) is because you relied solely on yourself to cure this problem. For me, it was so satisfying to read that other people experience this monsterous disease, it only confirmed what I (and you) already knew. That it has to stop.
If you have a system, a plan, a good and tested plan, you will succeed, overnight!
You may feel like a robot because of the requirement for a system. However, it works transparently for me. The brain fixed itself, but it first had to recognise these 4 steps (and I think the first step in this book is the most important step of all). It then slips into your subconscious, you will feel fantastic.
You've suffered enough. Your extra sensory perception is probably heightened compared with "normal" people. Use it now, enjoy it.
Today, I am free.
Understand that by recognising that it's a disease, the second the obsessive thought creeps in, do not let it lead you to do your ritual (obsession). First step is "relabelling" - that is, identifying the disease from the real thing. It is easy once you realise the best person to reason with is yourself, and it's seamless. Quickly identify if the thought is as a result of your disease, don't give it the time of day. Refocus!!! The books says try another task for 15 minutes. I have progressed by carrying on doing what I was doing. At first, after you've beaten one or two OCD thoughts, you will look back at it 5 minutes later and you will have an epiphany (or perhaps you knew all along) that it was a disease.
RELABEL, REATTRIBUTE, REFOCUS and REVALUE (or rather, DEVALUE that useless garbage you've been suffering from).
I am 100% convinced you can do it. I did it. Get the book if you want if you're not convinced by me.
IDENTIFY IT and REFOCUS!
Good Luck (just follow the bloody steps!)