Concepts and Controversies in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / Edition 1

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Recent advances in theory and treatment have significantly increased our understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Yet research on OCD generally falls into categories of either behavioral or biological, and rarely do the two meet. Concepts and Controversies in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder bridges this gap admirably. Featuring an international panel of 42 experts, this volume focuses in depth on - and presents opposing viewpoints to - the seven conceptual and practical disputes that characterize the field today.
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Abramowitz and Houts' volume on Concepts and Controversies in OCD is a winner. This is a must read for discerning clinicians, graduate students and researchers wanting to stay on top of the latest information and clinical disagreements about OCD. Experts formally debate the important issues about symptom subtypes, the relationship of OCD and spectrum conditions, biological and psychological models, and cognitive versus behavioral versus pharmacological treatments. This is a cutting edge work likely to catalyze important discoveries about OCD and related problems.

Gail Steketee, PhD
Professor, Co-Chair of Clinical Practice
Boston University School of Social Work

"Over the past 30 years, clinical scientists have devoted considerable attention to the experiences of people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). … The unique feature of this volume is that it revolves around a series of exchanges or discussions. ... The book’s principal value lies in the presentation of information from a number of different fields of study. … The topics included in the volume are well chosen … . The editors have done the field a great service … ." (Thomas F. Oltmanns, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 51 (27), July, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387232805
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Series: Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D., ABPP, is Associate Professor and Director of the OCD/Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He conducts research on OCD and other anxiety disorders and has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters. He also maintains an active consultation and clinical practice. He serves on Advisory Boards for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and Anxiety Disorders Association of America and has received awards from the American Psychological Association, National Institutes of Health, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, and Mayo Clinic.

Arthur C. Houts, Ph.D., was Professor and Director of Clinical Training at The University of Memphis until he retired in 2003 to work full time at The West Clinic, a large oncology center in Memphis, TN. He has published broadly in adult and child clinical psychology, as well as in the field of science studies. Dr. Houts is currently developing technology to provide better quality of life assessment in cancer care and is building a research network of oncology practices for clinical trials.

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Table of Contents

1 Symptom dimensions in OCD : developmental and evolutionary perspectives 3
2 Dimensional and subtype models of OCD 27
Reply to Taylor : combined dimensional and categorical perspectives as an integrative approach to OCD 43
Reply to Leckman et al. : putting the symptom dimension model to the test 49
3 Animal models of obsessive compulsive disorder : a neurobiological and ethological perspective 53
4 Behavioral and functional models of OCD 73
Reply to Houts : a dysfunctional animal model of OCD 87
Reply to Dodman and Shuster : animal models and two traditions in OCD research 91
5 The case for the OCD spectrum 95
6 Obsessive-compulsive disorder : essential phenomenology and overlap with other anxiety disorders 119
Reply to Abramowitz and Deacon : beyond anxiety : etiological and functional overlaps between OCD and OC spectrum disorders 137
Reply to Hollander et al. : the OC spectrum : a closer look at the arguments and the data 141
7 Trichotillomania : an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder 151
8 Overlap of body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis with OCD 163
9 Contrasting nonparaphilic sexual addictions and OCD 177
10 Compulsive buying : a disorder of compulsivity or impulsivity 185
11 Contrasting Tourette's syndrome and tic disorders with OCD 191
12 Neuropsychiatric models of OCD 209
13 Cognitive-behavioral models of OCD 229
Reply to Shafran : biological and cognitive models of OCD : seeking similarities and achieving progress together 253
Reply to Rosenberg et al. : biological versus psychological approaches to OCD : war or peace? 255
14 Formal cognitive therapy : a new treatment for OCD 263
15 Treatment for OCD : unleashing the power of exposure 283
Reply to Kozak and Coles : expanding the conceptualization of cognitive therapy and its therapeutic potential 305
Reply to Fama and Wilhelm : cognitive therapy and exposure treatment for OCD : contrast and rapprochement 311
16 The role of the therapist in behavior therapy for OCD 317
17 Self-directed exposure in the treatment of OCD 333
Reply to Carmin et al. : what's in a name? : the distinction between self-directed and self-conducted treatment 347
Reply to Tolin and Hannan : self-directed versus therapist-directed treatment : additional considerations 353
18 Combining pharmacotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of OCD 359
19 Combining serotonin medication with cognitive-behavior therapy : is it necessary for all OCD patients? 377
Reply to Franklin : using combination treatments for OCD 391
Reply to Simpson and Liebowitz : meeting in the middle, then moving forward together 395
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