Brain Lock, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
Narrated by: Jeffrey M. Schwartz
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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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.

©1996, 2016 Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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It's not me, it's the OCD!

If you have suffered from OCD...listen to this book. The four steps mentioned are the literally what saved me from my brain...as well as the grace of God. I wish all of you well.

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Author should have hired a reader

I was recommended this book, but unfortunately, the only way I can read a book is to listen to it on audio. The book is read by the author, and to put it bluntly, he is terrible. I can’t stand his voice and he’s terrible at reading his own material. Couldn’t even listen past the first chapter without wanting to smash my earbuds. This is very disappointing because I was excited to listen to this book. Sorry Dr. Schwartz, glad I didn’t have to pay for it.

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A bit of a challenge to finish.

This this book contains a lot of good information. It's a bit of a struggle to finish but the information is relevant and repetitious.

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Life Changing Book

This book changed my life. However.. someone else should narrate this as I felt like the author was yelling at me the entire time.

Recommend reading this instead!

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Tedious

I think this book could have been spoken in 1 hour. The repetition was tedious, but perhaps it was due to the audience that would purchase it. I was looking for something to shed light on living with someone with OCD and what I realized is that it is exactly as I thought. They believe their thoughts and have to act on them and that it is impossible for me to change those thoughts that can at sometimes be destructive to a relationship. Byron Katie has a process that is very effective at questioning ones thoughts that gets to it quickly if one is willing to inquire about the validity of their thoughts. Loving What Is helped me remove the responsibility for someone else's thoughts, beliefs and actions.

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Hood stuff<br />,

Great insight. Very thorough and effective strategies based on the 'four step' model. A therapeutic read.

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The narrator is monotone.

Whatever the content of the book, is like listening to my physics professor in college.

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Thank u so much

I am an ocd sufferer and finally jefferey helped me so much, i am happy and i feel free and more focused on my study, i will fight smartly as he is, and i will win.
Thank you so much mr schwertz, i owe u a lot and every success in my life
Really i love u

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Great solution with real life examples

The book is great but the same ideas (4 steps)are repeated over and over again. I understand that this will get it engraved in patients minds, but it was overdone. The book provides relevant real examples of other people. The abbreviation “UCLA” was repeated too much, having in mind that this book is for OCD patients, seems that the repetition was meant to promote UCLA.

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Very in depth understanding of OCD

Very in depth, provides great perspective of the condition, a long listen but worth it

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  • 02-25-19

Great information!

I have read quite a few books about OCD and this book is by far the best. It not onlt gives the listener a very comprehensive picture of what is happening in the brain during an OCD episode, it also provides a four step plan of action with combatting this awful condition. It has helped me tremendously.

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  • 02-22-19

recommend

this is book is very well structured and very easy to understand. great work and so grateful

keep up the great work