Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Practical Guide

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Practical Guide

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Practical Guide

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Practical Guide

Synopsis

This text covers all key areas related to obsessive compulsive disorders. It provides an overview of discoveries from biological research, coupled with comprehensive information on the diagnosis and treatment for the practising clinician.

Excerpt

Obsessive compulsive disorder is now recognized as one of the most common psychiatric disorders, and as the tenth most disabling of all medical disorders. Fortunately, major advances in our understanding of its neurobiological basis and the discovery of robust treatments offer new hope for people with OCD.

Nevertheless, despite the increased recognition of the prevalence and morbidity of OCD, and the introduction of effective treatments, people with OCD continue to remain underdiagnosed and inappropriately treated. It is important for specialist clinicians to be able to educate the public about this disorder, and to provide primary care colleagues with up-to-date information.

In this volume, we attempt to provide a practical guide to the diagnosis, assessment, and management of OCD. Summaries of exciting discoveries in the psychobiology of OCD are included, and pathways for future research considered. This is a book by and for clinicians, and we hope that it will prove useful in clinical settings.

We would like to thank Ruth Dunitz for encouraging and guiding this project.

NF, DM, DJS

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