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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Narrator: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061962318
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An estimated 5 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 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 readers with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain control of their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable achievement! This book will make a world of difference in the lives of people with OCD.”

    Eric Hollander, MD; Compulsive, Impulsive, and Anxiety Disorders Program, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Olivarez | 2/19/2014

    " This book was so helpful. Very well-written and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 2/1/2014

    " I liked that he brought in the spiritual aspects of understanding, managing, and healing the disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/30/2014

    " Great tools to help people with OCD overcome their compulsive thinking. I would have liked to have more information about the way the brain works with OCD and what internal feelings are associated with OCD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 12/6/2013

    " Great for people with OCD who want in depth info and a self-help program. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kricket | 11/27/2013

    " I don't remember if I read all of this book but it was helpful for me and my husband "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry Cowley | 11/13/2013

    " Interesting case studies but the book is fairly redundant. Just read the last chapter if you want a synopsis of its content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bronxcarolina | 10/12/2013

    " This book was so enlightening to me. The variety of case studies was really helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larissa | 9/26/2013

    " Insightful and very helpful; not just for those who suffer from OCD. Who would have thought you could change your brain chemistry my means of behavioral modification? Kudos to research and the advancement of science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani | 9/14/2013

    " As someone with OCD, I found this book very helpful and insightful, not to mention educational. It does get a little repetitive at times, as in you feel like he's kicking the dead horse, but it is helpful in a sense that you really get a handle on the methods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/7/2013

    " I felt like this book could have been shorter, but it's amazing to read about how the brain can change without drugs to help people with OCD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/7/2013

    " This was the first book that really opened my eyes to the subtle complexity of OCD. This book is a classic in the study of OCD. An absolute classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 12/8/2012

    " Interesting book about the organic origins of OCD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Critical Hysteria | 10/2/2011

    " I touched the book three times then turned off the oven, again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 7/24/2011

    " If you have OCD or want to better understand the disease this is a great book with a solution that works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/11/2011

    " Solid, easy to grasp and sensible advice. Like the repetition - very appealing to OCDers! ;) listened to the audiobook version. Short enough to sit through in one sitting: useful for revision. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaDawn | 1/24/2011

    " The principles and concepts in this book work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 1/8/2011

    " The message is great, but the way this book was put together bothered me. Ideas were repreated over and over. The book could be half its size and still communite the ideas throughly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie | 1/3/2011

    " Being Obsessive-Compulsive, I was recommended this book from a friend. I found it very interesting and applicable. However, I'm VERY GRATEFUL my life isn't as bad as the examples in the book! So, if anything, it's been a blessing to realize it could be much worse! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen(n) | 12/21/2010

    " Interesting steps for people who struggle with OCD or any obessive/compulsive behaviors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 2/11/2010

    " Great for people with OCD who want in depth info and a self-help program. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani | 11/9/2009

    " As someone with OCD, I found this book very helpful and insightful, not to mention educational. It does get a little repetitive at times, as in you feel like he's kicking the dead horse, but it is helpful in a sense that you really get a handle on the methods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bronxcarolina | 9/11/2009

    " This book was so enlightening to me. The variety of case studies was really helpful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 5/5/2009

    " Interesting case studies but the book is fairly redundant. Just read the last chapter if you want a synopsis of its content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie | 11/13/2008

    " Being Obsessive-Compulsive, I was recommended this book from a friend. I found it very interesting and applicable. However, I'm VERY GRATEFUL my life isn't as bad as the examples in the book! So, if anything, it's been a blessing to realize it could be much worse! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 4/1/2008

    " Interesting book about the organic origins of OCD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen(n) | 2/26/2008

    " Interesting steps for people who struggle with OCD or any obessive/compulsive behaviors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Critical | 1/30/2008

    " I touched the book three times then turned off the oven, again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/30/2008

    " This book by far is the best book for anyone suffering from any aspect of Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder. It works!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/19/2007

    " I felt like this book could have been shorter, but it's amazing to read about how the brain can change without drugs to help people with OCD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kricket | 10/11/2007

    " I don't remember if I read all of this book but it was helpful for me and my husband "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 10/2/2007

    " This book was so helpful. Very well-written and insightful. "

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About the Author
Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D. is an internationally-recognized authority on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and is the author of the bestseller Brain Lock. He is a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.