Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most common ofthe emotional disorders. It involves habitual, repetitivebehaviours that can be bizarre, disruptive and eventuallydisabling, which can destroy lives and relationships.
Ross Menzies and Padmal de Silva have brought togetherrecognised international leaders in the field to provide anoverview of current advances in knowledge, theory, assessment andtreatment of OCD. Set out in five sections, the first explores thenature of OCD providing a solid foundation for the sections tofollow. The second considers various conceptual and theoreticalaspects of the disorder, including neuropsychological and cognitivemodels, individual differences and biological factors. The thirdsection describes clinical presentations and subtypes, includingwashing and cleaning, checking, hoarding, slowness, atypicalpresentations, and the spectrum disorders. Assessment and treatmentare dealt with extensively in the fourth section, providing athorough review of all available treatments with known efficacy,including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Danger IdeationReduction Therapy (DIRT) and pharmacological interventions.Particular emphasis is given to treatment of complex andtreatment-resistant cases. The final section concerns professionalissues, such as training, resources and service provision.
This comprehensive but concise volume will provide practicalguidance for trainees, as well as established practitioners inclinical psychology, psychiatry, and related disciplines such asmental health nursing, counselling and therapy.
“…a succinct yet broad view of OCD…the scope ofthe book is wide…” (British Journal of Psychiatry, Dec2003)
“…differences and similarities of everymanifestation of the disorder are carefullyexplained…information is presented unsensationally andrespectfully…” (Mental Health Today, Feb 2004)