Aron Bennet, who is a Regional Volunteer for OCD Action's Better Together project, has just had a book published! 'The Walking Worried' follows Aron's journey with OCD.
Aron will be joining us at our National Conference in May, where he will be taking part in a 'Meet the Authors' session. If you'd like to come along and hear Aron and the other authors talk about their books (and get them signed!), you can purchase a Conference ticket here.
'The Walking Worried' was recently reviewed by Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Lynne M Drummond, here's what she thought of it:
"This is a powerful book. Written with an engaging style and clearly describing the mental turmoil of OCD, this book clearly describes how hard it can be for an OCD sufferer to find and accept the correct solution. After trying a plethora of therapies and approaches, some of which feed into his symptoms of over-thinking and analysing everyday conundrums, the author eventually discovers that "less is more" in therapy. In his journey, the author discovers that, rather than a terrifying experience whereby he would be expected to expose himself by performing his obsessive thoughts, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is, in fact, a pragmatic approach to OCD. ERP does not involve performing the obsessive thoughts but requires exposure to situations which may generate obsessive thoughts and remaining there without performing any compulsions to "undo" these. Due to his fear of ERP, the author was treated using Third generational treatments. Whereas such therapies may have their place in other conditions or after conventional treatment has not produced the desired results, they are not first-line tried and tested treatments for primary OCD. The story does however have a happy ending as the author eventually learns that he needs to expose himself to the risk that he may not always be perfect and that there may not always be perfect answers but that he needs to take the risk that he will sometimes be "bad". Undoubtedly this book will give hope to many with OCD that there is "light at the end of the tunnel". It is starting to be recognised that the treatment of Mental Health problems have usually been poor by comparison to physical health problems in NHS planning and policy. In addition, OCD is often overlooked and considered a mild condition when compared to conditions such as schizophrenia or depression. In fact, OCD can be a devastating mental health problem which can interfere with all aspects of a person's life. This book also highlights the need of campaigning groups such as OCD Action to continue to push for better education and training of patients, carers and all healthcare professionals about the diagnosis and treatment of OCD in all its forms."
You can purchase a copy of 'The Walking Worried' on Amazon.