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New OCD Book Club - June - Pulling the Trigger
Book Club – Month: June

Chosen by the OCD-UK Discussion Forums


About Book Club

The purpose of the book club is not to review the book, but to encourage those affected by OCD to engage in the self-help resources available to them;

and to promote discussion to allow the community, and possibly even some of the authors, to help readers understand aspects of the book they struggle to work through.

Helping to create and maintain a recovery focussed mindset.

If you’ve already read a book, no harm and many advantages of re-reading!

Sometimes it’s just fun to read and help others understand a book.


OCD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and related Depression

Pulling the Trigger


Book Discussion

To be discussed at the monthly OCD Support Groups (end of June / start of July) by participating groups.

To be discussed on the OCD-UK forum on this thread

Via the OCD-UK Twitter feed at the end of June, and with the hashtag #OCDBookClub

Summary from all of the above will be placed on the main OCD-UK website during July.


We politely request the following guidelines when discussing….

Give others time to read the book, so no spoilers until towards the end of the reading period. The OCD-UK forums do have a spoiler code should you wish to discuss in advance.

If you disagree with something that another member of the book club or author  has said. It is okay to disagree as long as it's done respectfully.

Keep on topic, but feel free to introduce information that is relevant to the discussion (historical facts, bio details, book background, related authors or topics).


Book Discussion Topic Suggestions

What helped you.

What you didn’t realise previously.

What you don’t understand.

How can you apply a book suggestion to your own OCD scenario?



Accessing the Book

Buy/order from any bookshop (quote the following ISDN code:  1911246003)

Buy from OCD-UK at:  www.ocdshop.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=271

Buy from Amazon at:  www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1911246003/ocduk02-21

The book for the July OCD Book Club will be chosen by members of the OCD-UK discussion forums and announced by the last week in June.


Previous OCD Book Club titles

May - Break free from OCD - https://www.ocdforums.org/index.php?/topic/81872-new-ocd-book-club-may-break-free-from-ocd/
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The purpose of the OCD-UK forums
The purpose of the OCD-UK forums

I thought it be useful and helpful for both new and existing members to reiterate the purpose of the OCD-UK Forums.   Across the internet you will find many OCD websites and discussion forums, many of which do a fabulous job. But sometimes, how other websites are run may confuse people about what to expect when using the OCD-UK forums.

The primary objective of the OCD-UK forum is to encourage and promote recovery from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and promote good therapeutic practices (i.e. highlighting the problem with seeking reassurance for example). 
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Who wants to change?
In my Christmas message I spoke about change, and how if we want to recover, it we want a better life we have to choose to change and do something, anything to start that change.

I think this image posted by one of our trustee's Nick this morning perfectly illustrates a problem that we are still seeing on the forum. That's not a criticism, we are all guilty at times, myself included.


The fact is we can talk about wanting change, wanting to get better, but nothing will change until we choose to implement change. The NHS, charity's like OCD-UK and the good people of this forum can help people change, but individuals have to first choose to make change happen by taking action and doing something, anything.

So who wants to change?
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I read lately that without a plausible alternative explanation to your problem it is no wonder sufferers play it safe and compulse. If the outcome seems terrible and frightening it's completely natural we would take every precaution to prevent it. This is the meaning we put on the thought, i.e if I think this I must be a horrible person, if I don't clean I will put me and my family in danger and they may die, if I'm not careful I could harm someone. These meanings are accompanied by assumptions like, if I'm not 100% careful I'm a bad person, only bad people have bad thoughts, better to be safe than sorry, I must be 100% certain or things must feel 'just right' before I can carry on.

Therapy teaches us that maybe the problem is one of worry and not of danger, this is theory B (Break free from OCD) . Also known as the alternative explanation or on the other hand (Pulling the trigger). Therapy helps us build evidence for theory B asking us to try it out, see how we react, see if what we fear actually happens, rate our anxiety and rate our belief that our problem is indeed one of worry.

I see a lot of people struggling but maybe you haven't been shown how to see your problem the way it actually is not the way OCD presents it to you. A great therapist and self-help book can help you with this, so don't lose hope
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