Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Current Science and Clinical Practice

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Current Science and Clinical Practice

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Current Science and Clinical Practice

Editor: Joseph Zohar

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

USD 100.00; pp358; ISBN: 978-0470711255

We could not deny the fact that each and everyone of us have experienced some kind of obsessions or compulsions during our lives. A proportion of the population will experience obsessions or compulsions severe enough to meet the criteria for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder has a worldwide lifetime prevalence ranging between 1 and 3%. Thanks to the media and the celebrity effect, OCD is no longer a rare disease for the public. One of the famous examples would be David Beckham, a well-known English footballer, who revealed to media that he had to line up everything into a straight line and made everything in pairs in order to make 'everything perfect'.

If a history of OCD is to be traced, in Europe, it could date back to the 14th to 16th century. At that time, people with OCD who presented with obsessive thoughts about sexual themes were thought to be possessed by devils. In the 1910s, Sigmund Fred regarded OCD as a subconscious conflict manifesting as symptoms. While psychiatrists still regarded OCD as a rare disorder and refractory to treatment in the 1970s, the research and revolution in regard to this disorder have been moving forward at an extremely fast pace in the past 25 years. In the book Obsessive Compulsive Disorder--Current Science and Clinical Practice, Dy Joseph Zohar brings us into the world of OCD and gives us a detailed picture on the OCD revolution in progress in the 20th century.

The first section of the book provides essential knowledge about the disorder. It introduces the diagnostic criteria and assessment tools for diagnosing OCD, as well as approaches to treat the condition pharmacologically and psychologically. Interestingly, it described more and more promising research results pertaining to deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation for treating severely affected, treatment-refractory patients. …

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