Doctor’s New Book, ‘Interview with OCD,’ Demonstrates Positive Effects of Unconventional Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Doctor of health psychology Engin Ozertugrul’s new book explores the application of heuristic self-inquiry as a pathway to recovery from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Interview with OCD: Forty-five Days to End of a New Beginning by Engin Ozertugrul

This book speaks to anyone who has wrestled with psychological problems, who is often discouraged, but who feels it is possible to achieve real healing.

Dr. Engin Ozertugrul’s new book, "Interview with OCD: Forty-five Days to End of a New Beginning," offers new hope for people suffering from the debilitating effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ozertugrul’s approach is a unique, self-healing treatment option that therapists, psychologists, researchers and obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferers might find beneficial in the ongoing journey to understand and successfully treat this complex condition.

Based on his doctoral research (conducted at Walden University) and his dissertation entitled "Heuristic Self-Search Inquiry into One Experience of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," Ozertugrul’s book reveals his own personal struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder through a series of sessions—45 of them over the course of 85 days—in which he is both the researcher asking questions, and the participant providing answers.

The book is divided into two distinct parts—how he experienced his obsessions and compulsions, and how he experienced healing from them—captured as a dialogue that Ozertugrul has with himself. He explores how obsessive-compulsive experiences manifested in his life and were subsequently overcome through specific and unconventional methods of self-understanding, self-discovery and self-healing. “When you are dealing with this monstrous condition,” says Ozertugrul, “it is hard to absorb the information from largely prescriptive or instructive self-help books. I wanted to write a book that does not guide, or instruct, but reveals. The benefit of using self-dialogue is to increase our awareness of our own actions.”

Ozertugrul’s book delivers a more radical—and perhaps more impactful—message than other available sources on the subject. He rejects the idea that obsessive-compulsive disorder is of biomedical origin, and approaches treatment and healing from the viewpoint that this disorder is not a simplistic set of behaviors that are easily defined. “Psychological, philosophical and social issues surrounding obsessive-compulsive thinking and behavior are too complex to explain by reductionist and one-sided objectivity-based paradigms,” explains Ozertugrul. “My book approaches emotional and mental disturbances as existential disturbances that emerge throughout the passage of an individual’s life.”

Many people suffer in silence from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition to the symptoms of their condition, they often feel confused, frustrated, embarrassed and misunderstood. The self-search method that Ozertugrul uses in his book—which proved to be a viable, successful treatment option for him—is especially appropriate for people who prefer to keep their condition and their treatment private, which was true for Ozertugrul. “This book is suitable for people with OCD who wish to remain private,” says Ozertugrul, “but it speaks to anyone who has wrestled with psychological problems, who is often discouraged, but who feels it is possible to achieve real healing. The purpose of the method—the dialogue—is about embracing the self-inflicted chaos through a genuine method. It is about destroying OCD by resigning to it, and perhaps something more, something unexpected and unprecedented.”

"Interview with OCD: Forty-five Days to End of a New Beginning" is published in eBook format (audiobook format is expected to be available this summer) by and is now available at popular online retailers including, and Apple’s iBookstore. A free download of Ozertugrul’s dissertation is offered with the book.

Review copies of "Interview with OCD: Forty-five Days to End of a New Beginning" are available to media contacts upon request. Dr. Engin Ozertugrul is available for interviews.

Engin Ozertugrul
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About Engin Ozertugrul
Dr. Engin Ozertugrul is a full-time research staff member of a research review and compliance team in pre-clinical research. Research review areas include Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia, aging, circadian rhythms, brain plasticity and the mechanisms of visual perception. Other review areas cover research protocols with a broad range of fields, including mechanistic links between the biology of the brain and particular psychological/behavioral states.

Ozertugrul received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Aegean University, Izmir, Turkey in 1987; his Master of Education in instructional technology from American Intercontinental University, Illinois, in 2004; and his doctorate in health psychology from Walden University, Minnesota, in 2015. His dissertation, "Heuristic Self-Search Inquiry into One Experience of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," was supervised by Dr. Brent Robbins (committee chairperson, psychology faculty) and Dr. Jay Greiner (committee member, psychology faculty). Areas of interest include: qualitative research (Heuristic Self-Search Inquiry), educational psychology, counseling, and psychotherapy (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Dr. Ozertugrul resides in New Jersey with a loving wife and two beloved cats.

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