Desire-Intrusive Thoughts

What to Do When Sexual, Religious, and Harm Obsessions Carry Unwanted Arousal

by Carol Edwards



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/18/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781728399508
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781728399515
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781728399492

About the Book

Pure-intrusive thoughts in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are involved, disturbing, and more challenging to treat when they consist of a desire-intrusive component. This book examines this critical issue.
The first part looks at the author's experiences of living with OCD. It further discusses self-harm, paedophilia, addiction, morality and guilt. The second part gives a practical guide for treating OCD. Currently, the methods include cognitive-behavioural therapy, exposure-response prevention, Mindfulness and medication. The third part digs deeper to understand better the desire-intrusive element. It talks about intrusive lust for darkness amidst terror in religious OCD that stirs up subsequent feelings of misplaced guilt. It explains arousal in paedophile, transgender, incest and porn obsessions followed by erroneous self-labelling.
Moreover, it examines the distinction between suicide-obsessive thoughts with suicide ideation, and it defines non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) versus self-harm obsessions. This honest and practical book concludes by incorporating additional techniques for improving treatment outcomes. And it shows how deep brain stimulation can target the brain areas responsible for OCD when conventional treatments fail.
'This is a very demanding piece… I'm sure that you are onto something. I long puzzled about obsessions and addictions, not least in my own case!!' Professor F. Toates, author of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Biological Psychology.

About the Author

Carol Edwards, Sac. Dip. (D), is a professional cognitive behavioural therapist turned writer specialising in the treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Her interest is examining the bio-behavioural aspects of pure-obsessional disorder to bring fresh concepts to conventional treatment modalities. In continuing with her professional development, she completed a course with the University of Hull (2008) titled The Learning Characteristics of Children on the Autistic-Spectrum. And in 2013 she received certification from the Institute of Child Education & Psychology Europe alongside the National Autistic Society for a programme titled Asperger's: Insights and Interventions for Support. She incorporates in her writing an understanding of OCD in autism-related issues that includes topics related to hatred of sounds (misophonia), dissociation and depression ( She is a member of the International OCD Foundation (to which she has an article published) and the registered charity, OCD UK. Besides having a writing career, she is a fulltime carer for people on the OCD and autism spectrums (since 2003). She also works as a volunteer for similar issues, including anorexia nervosa. Her hobbies and interests are reading, chess, and watching psychological thrillers and historical dramas. She lives with her children and pets at Kingston-Upon-Hull, England.