Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Previously considered a rare condition among children and adolescents, recent research on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has indicated an increased prevalence among this age group, insofar as it is now considered one of the most common of all psychiatric illnesses affecting youth. Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is the definitive book on OCD in children and adolescents. It provides a comprehensive review of the existing literature on pediatric OCD, and is a welcome contribution to the extant literature, which otherwise lacks a text detailing the state of knowledge in this area. Emphasizing developments made in recent years, this new volume serves to disseminate information regarding effective treatments, etiology, and accurate assessment, and guides practitioners to formulate new questions that will further elucidate this condition.

Distinct in its thorough coverage of various issues in pediatric OCD, Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorderfeatures:
•detailed biological and genetic chapters, including chapters on PANDAS, psychopharmacology, and neurobiology;
•discussions of assessment and pharmacological and psychological treatment;
•research relevant to the settings of the family, school, and primary care; and
•dialogue on OCD spectrum disorders and co-morbidities.

This significant work is intended for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, school psychologists, graduate students, and all other mental health professionals. Primary care physicians will also consider this text useful, as will school counselors.


The past decades have witnessed numerous advances in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). As happens with many conditions, the literature on children has lagged behind that of adults. The editors of this collection on pediatric OCD recognized the need for a new text on the topic given advances in knowledge in many areas of research. With growing awareness that childhood onset OCD is common and may represent a meaningful subtype of OCD with unique management challenges, a volume dedicated to the condition is justified and timely. Advances in efficacy of psychopharmacological intervention in pediatric OCD and concerns about side effect profiles of antidepressants in children and adolescents emerged after publication of existing texts. Likewise, new information has emerged from controlled trials with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Given that these are the two evidence-based treatments for OCD, this merits an updated review.

In addition to treatment, we have also seen significant advances in the assessment and neurobiology of pediatric OCD. Genetic, neuroimaging and immunological advances are all included. This text exemplifies the highest level of integration on evidence based healthcare for pediatric OCD and captures the background of thought on OCD leading to this comprehensive and in-depth integration of scientific discovery. Research relevant to the settings of the family, school and primary care is covered in this text, as are OCD spectrum disorders and comorbidities. This book meets the need to disseminate information to the international community of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, family practice and pediatric medicine, nursing, and pedagogy. Antiquated and outdated knowledge of pediatric OCD hinders the recognition of this condition and referral of those children suffering with this condition for appropriate treatment.

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