The Imp of the Mind
By Lee Baer, PhD ~ An expert on OCD explores the hidden epidemic that afflicts millions of Americans – obsessive bad thoughts. Drawing on information ranging from new advances in brain technology to pervasive social taboos, Dr. Baer explores the root causes of bad thoughts, why they can spiral out of control, and how to recognize the crucial difference between harmless and dangerous bad thoughts. Dr. Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience in treating this widespread syndrome.
NOMINATED BY: Shaylyn Mooney and family, IOCDF family membership
I was introduced to Dr. Baer’s book by my behavioral therapist, while in treatment for OCD. At the time, I was in the depths of my struggle with intrusive thoughts, drowning in shame and disconnected from what I labeled the “normal” human experience. This book was the first step in reconnecting me to humanity, by offering this simple truth: we all have thoughts, some thoughts perceived as “good” and some perceived as “bad.” This was the first time experiencing in written form that others had gone through what I was going through – and what a normalizing and impactful experience that was.
I endorse this engaging book because reading it provided me the needed foundation to begin treatment and participate in the hard and worthwhile work on my journey to recovery.
My family and I are grateful for the entire OCD community and for authors like Dr. Lee Baer.
—Shaylyn Mooney, IOCDF Family Membership