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Brain Lock

Do you or someone you know have a href=”http://www.ocfoundation.org/what-is-ocd.html”Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder /a(OCD) and don’t know where to turn for help? A good place to start is with the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060987111?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060987111″span style=”font-style:italic;”Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060987111″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / This self-help book is written by Jeffrey Schwartz, a psychiatrist at UCLA School of Medicine who says that OCD is related to a biochemical imbalance in the brain, rather than due specifically to emotional factors. br /br /Schwartz states in bold letters that span style=”font-weight:bold;””we have scientific evidence that cognitive-behavioral therapy alone actually causes chemical changes in the brains of people with OCD.” /spanIn the book, he teaches the person with OCD to change their brain chemistry. br /br /He does this by focusing on a Four Step Program: Relabel, Reattribute, Refocus, and Revalue. “Relabel” is when you call the intrusive thought or urge to do a troublesome compulsive behavior exactly what it is in order learn the difference between OCD and reality. “Reattribute” is when you answer the question, “Why does this keep bothering me?” and remind yourself that you have the symptoms of a medical problem and take action, “What can I do about it?” “Refocus” is learning to turn your attention to more constructive behaviors. Finally, “Revalue” is learning to view OCD symptoms as the useless garbage they really are. br /br /I have read other books on OCD in the past but had not read this one until today. I recommend it if you would like to know more about OCD or how to help yourself or someone else take action to change his or her behavior. For those with OCD frequently live very inhibited and restricted lives full of internal suffering, though often, they look okay to the outside world.br /br /Do you have or know anyone with OCD? If so, share your experience or thoughts in the comments.