Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects one person in 40 and can cause great suffering. This volume provides the first comprehensive summary of our understanding of this enigmatic condition, summarizing current work ranging from genetics and neurobiology through cognitive psychology, treatment, personal experiences, and societal implications
Arguably one of the most complex emotional disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is surprisingly common. Furthermore, most people at some time in their lives exhibit a smattering of OCD-like symptoms. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies sorts out the otherwise curious and confusing world of obsessive compulsive disorder. Engaging and comprehensive, it explains the causes of OCD and describes the rainbow of OCD symptoms. The book shows readers whether OCD symptoms represent normal and trivial concerns (for example, a neat freak) or something that should be checked out by a mental health professional (for example, needing to wash hands so often that they become raw and red). In easy to understand steps, the authors lay out the latest treatments that have been proven to work for this disorder, and provide practical and real tools for living well long-term. Whether you or someone you care about has this disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies gives you an empathic understanding of this fascinating yet treatable mental disorder.
Many people suffer in secret from unwanted sexual obsessions. These people are not perverts or pedophiles, but normal individuals with a brain-based condition called obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. Most of us have heard of OCD, but few realize that OCD can cause people to have terrifying sexual thoughts that just won't go away. Many therapists are baffled by these symptoms and may spin their wheels trying to get to the root of problem. The good news is that there are effective, short-term treatments to help sufferers overcome these demons and start feeling better again.
Drawing upon extensive interviews and assessments of school-age childr en who have lost a parent to death, this book offers a richly textured portrait of the mourning process in children. The volume presents maj or findings from the Harvard Child Bereavement Study and places them i n the context of previous research, shedding new light on both the wid e range of normal variation in childrens experiences of grief and the factors that put bereaved children at risk. The book also compares pa rentally bereaved children with those who have suffered loss of a sibl ing to death, or of a parent through divorce, exploring similarities a nd differences in these experiences of loss. A concluding section expl ores the clinical implications of the findings and includes a review o f intervention models and activities, as well as a screening instrumen t designed to help identify high-risk bereaved children.
Recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive- compulsive disorder have come from breakthroughs in neurobiologic and cognitive-behavioral studies. Essential Papers on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder represents the most significant thinkers and the various strands of thought on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Divided into three sections focusing on classical psychoanalysis, psychological research, and neuro-psychiatric approaches, this definitive volume includes contributions bythe most experienced and renowned experts on the subject. Contributors include Sigmund Freud; Karl Abraham; Ernest Jones; Anna Freud; Paul E. Sifneos; Leonard Salzman; Joseph Sandler and Anandi Hazari; Lewis L. Judd; Heinz Hartmann; Stanley Rachman, Ray Hodgson and Isaac M. Marks; Paul M. Salkovskis; Paul Schilder; Steven P. Wise and Judith L. Rapoport; Joseph Zohar and Thomas R. Insel; Michael A. Jenike; Susan E. Swedo, Henrietta Leonard; Lewis R. Baxter, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Kenneth S. Bergman; Dan Stein and Eric Hollander.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a relatively common psychological problem, whose symptoms may include repeated checking, excessive hand-washing or other cleaning rituals, extreme slowness, or unwanted, repugnant intrusive thoughts. In some, the disorder can seriously affect everyday life. In this book, the authors have drawn on their clinical and research experience to give a lucid account of the nature of obsessive-compulsive problems. The book is intended for those who have this disorder as well as their family and friends. It will also appeal to the general readers interested in finding out about the disorder. It gives up-to-date information about the nature, symptoms, causes and theories of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The book also discusses the treatments that are available, and provides valuable practical advice to those who may need help. Numerous case histories are given throughout the book, highlighting various aspects of the disorder and its treatment.
Among the most prevalent and personally devastating psychological disorders the development of a cognitive approach to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has transformed our understanding and treatment of it. In this highly practical and accessible book, Jonathan Abramowitz presents a model of OCD grounded in the most up-to-date research that incorporates both cognitive and behavioral processes. He then offers a step-by-step guide to psychological treatment that integrates psychoeducation, cognitive techniques, and behavioral therapy (exposure and response prevention). Unlike other manuals for the treatment of OCD, this book teaches the reader how to tailor the choice of techniques and delivery modes for individuals presenting with a wide range of specific OCD symptoms, such as contamination fears and cleaning rituals, fears of harm and compulsive checking, symmetry and ordering, and severe obsessions with mental rituals. The techniques are illustrated with numerous case examples; clinical forms and handouts are provided for use with patients. A final chapter suggests strategies for overcoming common obstacles in treatment.
This book is the first to bring together new research to offer a hands-on clinical guide to treating people with all types of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) using an inference-based therapy (IBT). Provides clinical examples from the full range of OCD subtypes Coverage integrates theory and application Decribes case management in detail - from initial assessment to terminating therapy and follow-up Shows how IBT can also be generalized and applied to other serious psychiatric disorders
This book is a practical step-by-step road map to healing families living under the potentially devastating impact of OCD. You will learn about: The nature, origins, and treatment of OCD; Hoe OCD impacts family members; How to break the negative effects of OCD; How to take care of yourself while dealing with OCD; How you can heal and move beyond OCD regardless of what happened to the person afflicted.
Providing clinicians with evidence-based therapeutic techniques that they can tailor to the needs of individual clients, this state-of-the-art treatment planner is filled with case examples and clinical tools. Simon A. Rego presents the latest thinking on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and explains how it has been reclassified in DSM-5. He shows how to combine exposure and ritual prevention therapy with other cognitive and behavioral interventions--based on a comprehensive case formulation--and describes proven strategies for enhancing motivation and overcoming common obstacles in treatment. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 10 reproducible handouts and forms. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.