The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbooks)

Category: Mental Health
Author: Jon Hershfield, Tom Corboy
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by ocdthrowaway68   2021-12-10


This book was given to me by my therapist, and has arguably helped me just as much as therapy. It's clear and includes so much useful information and tools for general OCD troubles and then also chapters dedicated to the main OCD themes(HOCD, germs, etc).

I would recommend this to anyone suffering from OCD.

by My_Feet_Itch   2021-12-10

As a diagnosed OCD sufferer who has learned over five years to "tune it out," let me provide you with some resources to help while you're locating a therapist. I'd recommend mine, but he's in Orem.

This book brought me a great deal of relief, and I review it off and on when I need a refresher in managing my OCD. It covers most of the major themes people experience:


For general depression, I recommend this. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that it saved my life:


I have a few copies of each of these books, and if money is tight, I would be more than happy to give them to you, just shoot me a PM.


Hang in there! Easier said than done, I know, but in time, you'll learn to observe your thoughts and ride that wave!

by Logo5577   2019-07-21

Sounds like Pure O or Pure Obsessional OCD although the name is a misnomer since sufferers also have compulsions that can take the form of a constant need to ruminate about certain thoughts or themes. This books is good The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

This one isnt specifically about OCD it tends to be general but this girl knows her stuff helped me out a lot. Hope and Help for Your Nerves

by ladyboobridgewater   2019-07-21

These are the gold standard, but more affordable ones will give you similar information if you're on a real budget. Just search OCD workbook and preferably 'ACT' and 'ERP' to ensure you're getting the best info.

Yes totally :) I have Pure O that often manifested in needing to 'check' online about things, and of course I couldn't be panic googling round my friends house, so if I got triggered I was able to hold off. In fact being around people and out and doing things and noticing how your urge to perform compulsions can be acknowledged without being acted upon is a great start for working towards recovery.

If you can notice your ability to not check/obsess etc around other people you can start allowing yourself to not perform compulsions in private too. That's how I started getting better - noticing how I was able to sort of absorb the compulsive feelings in public and practising that in private!

by FoxesBadgers   2019-07-21

Well, if you're getting painful physical sensations that are about a genuine medical problem, then you need to see a doctor about the medical problem, and ask if they can help you with painkillers or such.

If you're getting physical sensations that are just uncomfy but you're not actually sick/injured, then you maybe need some mindfulness and Exposure Therapy together, as self-help or with a therapist. A good workbook for you might be here? :

Doing the rituals is probably what is making you keep noticing the physical sensations. If you can train yourself to resist doing the rituals as much, your brain should re-train to direct its attention more away from the body part that's feeling a problem. A brilliant explanation on how to deal with body-focussed OCD (like swallowing, breathing, blinking, itching, body position etc) is on this therapist's blog -

by FoxesBadgers   2019-07-21

Might be important to try and get a proper diagnosis and help for this OCD, ASAP - it sounds like it's affecting your wellbeing pretty badly if you're suffering this much anxiety and doing compulsive actions for 6+ hours straight. And OCD is a treatable disorder, after all, so there's NO reason you have to keep suffering these unpleasant symptoms.

The type of obsession you're experiencing is VERY common in OCD. It's also one of the simpler ones to recover from, because your compulsions are fairly obvious. The easier you can pinpoint your compulsions, the easier it is to start cutting down on them and thus healing your brain. If you've not read much about this form already, maybe check out some of articles describing it? Like:

The second thing you're asking about, some folks with OCD informally call 'Magical Thinking OCD', because your OCD is giving you the irrational thought that you're somehow psychically, magically able to make things happen with the power of your mind. Except, you can't do this. Nobody can. Skeptic investigators have systematically checked claims from people who say they're psychic, and virtually every case is found to be bogus in the end. No matter how real your OCD feels, you can't make bad things happen just by having thoughts about them. :D Which may be some comfort to you (for about 30 seconds until your OCD tells you to doubt this information too...!).

If you'e never tried treatment for this yet (usually CBT, Exposure Therapy and/or medication), might be a good idea to try now. Untreated OCD tends to get worse over time. You don't want 6 hours of anxious Googling to turn into 8, or 10, or 12, or to the point where you spend the entire day doing it or begin acting in a near-delusional manner (people with this type of OCD have been known to actually turn themselves into the police for crimes they've never committed, and ask to be sent to prison. Usually the police recognise they're suffering from a mental illness and immediately release them, but the experience is pretty stressful for all involved! ) The IOCDF directory i good for finding OCD therapists: or if not in budget for you, try free online self-help resources like Ali Greymon's OCD recovery podcasts: or a good OCD workbook:


by sharkweek   2017-08-19
Yes! Exposure-response therapy [1] has been by far the best treatment I have received. It's scary and painful, because it literally forces you to draw the anxiety out and face your darkest fears head-on without compulsions, but it's the only evidence-based treatment for OCD currently out there. I'm already noticing I'm getting my "mind" back, learning that scary thoughts are just thoughts, and I don't need to battle with them for hours.

There's definitely an element of learning mindfulness that's key too. Learning to accept the uncertainty of random "terrible" thoughts that pop into your head, learning to not engage with them and letting them pass, etc.

I recommend two books: The Imp of the Mind by Dr. Lee Baer [2] and The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy [3]