Author(s): Ben Sedley; Lisa Coyne
Do you have thoughts that seem loud? Do your worries spiral out of control and then suck you in? Do intrusive thoughts show up and make you scared of doing certain things - or not doing things - a certain way? Do you ever get a feeling like something bad might happen? Does this loud stuff make you feel alone, or worse, crazy?
First, you aren't alone - even if it sometimes feels that way. And second, you are not crazy. But you might be struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). And while OCD can be difficult, you don't have to let it have power over you. Instead, you can live a life full of meaning, great relationships and joy with the help of this book.
In Stuff That's Loud, you'll learn Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and ideas from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you break free from loud, spiralling OCD thoughts and behaviours:
- You'll learn to be curious about the world around you
- You'll use willingness to step forwards boldly
- You'll develop flexibility skills to practice everywhere and everywhen
- You'll focus on living a life that you give a $#@! about
Life doesn't have to stay stuck any longer.
Ben Sedley (Author) Ben Sedley is an experienced clinical psychologist and ACT therapist with fifteen years' experience in both primary health centres and community mental health teams in New Zealand and London, working with children, adolescents, adults and families facing mental health difficulties. Currently, Ben works as a Clinical Practice Advisor at Victoria University of Wellington, and well as maintaining a private practice two days per week. Ben wrote a PhD dissertation examining children and young people's understandings of mental health, which has helped guide him on the best ways to explain mental health concepts and ACT to young people. His book Stuff that Sucks has received praise from young people, parents and clinicians around the world and was included in the UK Reading Well programme, which has led to it being recommended by GPs across England. Since the release of that book, Ben has also been active in running workshops across New Zealand and Australia introducing ways to use ACT with young people and will be a trainer at the Melbourne ACT Like a Pro Bootcamp in August 2018. Ben was the coordinator of the Wellington ACT Special Interest Group for 7 years and was Programme Chair and conference coordinator for the Australia and New Zealand ACBS Conference in 2015. In 2010, Ben completed a Victoria University of Wellington course in writing for children.
Lisa Coyne (Author) Lisa Coyne, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and is a senior clinical consultant at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at McLean Hospital. She is also an associate clinical professor at Suffolk University in Boston, a licensed clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer. Dr Coyne has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on anxiety, OCD, and parenting. She is the author of The Joy of Parenting, a book for parents of young children.