Many have joked about having obsessive compulsive disorder. However, very few individuals understand the severity of the disorder and the toll it can take on a person’s life. While some joke about OCD because they want to keep their books organized a certain way, the reality is a person who is truly dealing with OCD may not be able to leave a room without completing a pattern of activities or movements which can take them hours.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a serious mental health disorder that many individuals deal with on a daily basis. “Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery” addresses OCD as it plagues a man named Daniel Singer. The book is an account of his perseverance while dealing with it. Singer’s disorder was so severe that it kept him from eating and other daily activities, to having to see seven different therapists, to 10 medications and finally a nine-week stay in a residential treatment program.
“Overcoming OCD” tells the story of Singer’s struggle with OCD and simultaneously provides a useful guide for those also dealing with the disorder and hope for their families. It intertwines expert commentary and useful information about OCD and its treatment to offer readers not just a personal account of how the disorder can affect sufferers and families, but also a glimpse into the possibilities for diagnosis, clinical approaches and successful outcomes
Today, thanks to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, one of the available treatments for OCD, Dan is a college graduate working in his chosen field and living life to the fullest. He is living proof that even those with the most severe cases of OCD can not only recover, but triumph.
This book, written by authors Janet Singer and Seth Gillihan, has been greeted with multiple reviews calling it “a poignant and powerful memoir as well as a valuable resource for understanding and managing OCD.”
Janet Singer is an advocate for OCD awareness, with the goal of spreading the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. Janet writes regularly for Psychcentral.com as well as Mentalhelp.net, and has been published on many other web sites including Beyond OCD, Anxiety and Depression Association of America and Mad in America. She has also been an invited speaker at OCD conferences. To learn more about Janet Singer and her book please visit
Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Haverford College. Dr. Gillihan was on the faculty at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2012. His research publications include articles and book chapters on the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for OCD, anxiety and depression, how CBT helps people to get better and the use of brain imaging to study psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gillihan’s clinical practice is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania. To learn more about Seth you can visit http://sethgillihan.com/.