• Linda Olmos

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: Linda’s Review

Audience: This review is for people with OCD as well as people who want to become informed about OCD.


What does access mean to you? According to google dictionary, it means “able to be reached or entered.” In my experience, money has been my biggest barrier to accessing resources. But money’s not the whole story. When it comes to reading information, sometimes an author’s writing style can get in my way of accessing valuable information. Knowledge, after all, is power. And sometimes, intelligent, well-educated, professionals just don’t make their knowledge accessible to everyone. In The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD Hershfield and Corboy take their vast amount of knowledge about OCD, mindfulness, and ERP, and make it accessible to readers at various reading levels by writing in a simple, easy to understand manner. This is why I love the authors! I give The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD a 5/5 star rating because I admire the authors’ accessible writing style, their detailed coverage of various OCD subtypes, and their motivational excerpt on managing OCD. The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD doesn’t use fancy words or complex metaphors and gets straight to the point while having the reader participate in the workbook exercises. One reason this workbook is my favorite OCD self-help book, is the amount of detail Hershfield and Corboy have put into describing different OCD subtypes, such as in their chapter on Harm OCD. This is a subtype of OCD that is rarely talked about. Furthermore, this workbook dedicates an entire chapter to demystifying obsessions and compulsions related to Harm OCD (along with other subtypes) and sharing information about acceptance tools, common beliefs, triggers, meditation tips, assessment tools, action tools, in vivo erp examples, imaginal erp exposures, and exercises related to the subtype. There are pages after pages in this book dedicated to multiple subtypes of OCD. Additionally, The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD includes exercises and worry scripts for readers to fill out with clear directions and guidance. These exercises challenge the reader to face uncertainty head on. A third reason The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD is my favorite OCD self-help book, is the authors’ inspiring commentary on chronic OCD. In the workbook, both authors compare a person’s journey with OCD as an “indefinite improvement” rather than a “crash diet.” This means that people with OCD may sometimes respond to their triggers by compulsing, but this doesn’t mean that they have to start over. Some days will be harder than others but there is still hope. A lapse is not a relapse and it doesn’t mean you are starting over from square one. If you haven’t realized already, I am a big fan of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD. The formatting and writing style is easy to understand. Additionally, the segment on managing OCD instills hope in readers like me and the workbook chapters are filled with useful information about each subtype of OCD, including taboo forms. For all of these reasons, The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD is OCDBilingue's first book review.

Now I will practice what I preach and break this book down for you in the most accessible way I know how: The 5 W’s (plus Glossary terms).

The 5 W’s: Who: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD targets people with OCD. What: A self-help book with information about various subtypes of OCD, treatment that incorporates mindfulness, as well as exercises for individuals with OCD to do with a therapist’s guidance. When: 2013 Where: New Harbinger Publications Inc in Oakland Why: Hershfield struggled with OCD himself and at age 28, made a decision to seek out treatment from an OCD specialist and write about OCD. Corboy shared that the workbook is “a hands-on approach to OCD based on melding traditional CBT techniques with the somewhat more abstract “meta” principles of mindfulness and acceptance.”

Glossary The information below was gathered from The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD. Obsession: Obsessions are thoughts that are undesired and invasive. They can come across to you as images, ideas, impulses and more. Compulsion: A behavior that serves to diminish or avoid discomfort that results in an experience of an obsession. Subtypes of OCD: Contamination OCD, responsibility/checking OCD, just right OCD, harm OCD, sexual orientation OCD, pedophile OCD, relationship OCD, scrupulosity OCD, and hyperawareness OCD. Treatments for OCD mentioned in this book:

  1. Mindfulness: Mindfulness is when you observe what your mind is doing and from there, determine just how involved you would like to be in the whole process. This can be combined with Exposure Response Prevention therapy (ERP).

  2. Exposure Response Prevention: Exposure Response Prevention includes doing repeated, systematic, exposures while refraining from compulsions. This can include imaginal exposures, acceptance scripts, and general exposures.

If you’d like to learn more about specific obsessions, compulsions, subtypes, and treatment for OCD, check out the book! READ BOOK

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