“This is an incredible book! I have been suffering from "pure O" for 8 years now and I never thought I would ever get a sense of relief from it, until I read this book. When I first started reading the book it brought me to tears, for the first time in my life I felt kind of normal knowing that other people go through the same things as I go through. I just sat crying and holding the book in my hands, maybe, just maybe my hatred for myself could go away? It took me a pretty long while to read and get through the book, I took my time with the exercises and honestly some of then I couldn't quite get through. When I get my intrusive thoughts I do what I think everyone who suffers from this does, I push the thoughts away, fight them and try to think of good things............obviously this doesn't work for long.
So when this book tells us that we should embrace the thoughts, go along with them, just the thought of doing that gave me anxiety......IT WORKS! It takes hard work and a strong desire to get better, you have to really push through the anxiety and do the exercises but it is worth it. After all these years I now feel more in control than I ever have before because I am no longer trying to control my intrusive thoughts.
Several times I had to skip exercises as at the time I found them too difficult to complete but when I felt more comfortable I went back to it. It is a very good book just to pick up if you are having a bad time, for me it felt like there was real understanding there, I'm not alone! I am not cured but better, my anxiety has changed and my fear has gone down quite a few notches. I recommend this book to everybody who suffers from OCD, even if the book doesn't effect you as much as it has me I am still very sure that it will at least ease some of the anxiety and pain. We can all get through this! ”
Hazel Anne wrote this review Tuesday, September 6, 2011.