Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Factsby Padmal De Silva, Stanley Rachman
Obsessive-compulsive disorders are characterized by the urge to repeatedly perform inappropriate acts, or to dwell on intrusive or distressing thoughts. A mild form of the disorder is relatively common, and might involve thorough checking rituals, or overemphasis on cleanliness. A severe form, however, may take over the sufferer's life to the extent that much of
Obsessive-compulsive disorders are characterized by the urge to repeatedly perform inappropriate acts, or to dwell on intrusive or distressing thoughts. A mild form of the disorder is relatively common, and might involve thorough checking rituals, or overemphasis on cleanliness. A severe form, however, may take over the sufferer's life to the extent that much of their time and energy is given to resisting repugnant thoughts, or repeating tasks such as hand-washing. This book is intended mainly for sufferers of the disorder and their families and friends, though it will also be useful to health-care workers. The authors are clinical psychologists, well-recognized in the field, and they draw on their experience to give a lucid account of the symptoms, causes, and treatment of the disease. They cover psychological and drug therapy, and offer practical advice to those needing support. Numerous case histories highlight the many aspects of the disorder, and demonstrate ways in which sufferers have been helped.
Description: This book provides a lucid, concise account of the nature of obsessive disorder. This new edition contains current research as well as additional sections on compulsive hoarding, obsessive slowness, and obsessive-compulsive behavior in children not contained in the 1992 edition.
Purpose: It is intended to provide the reader with basic information about obsessive-compulsive disorder. The book is needed. It was written because the authors found in their clinical practice that the lack of a basic book to be recommended to sufferers and their families was a major handicap.
Audience: The book is targeted at and useful for sufferers of obsessive-compulsive disorder and their families and friends. Moreover, it would also be a helpful introductory text for mental health students. Both authors are quite credible; they are clinical psychologists who have extensive clinical and research experience in the field of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Features: The tables are very informative, elucidating some of the more complex topics. The references are current and pertinent. The index is adequate and the modern appearance of the book is inviting. Specially unique features of the book are the appendixes, which range from an obsessive-compulsive disorder inventory to a guide on relaxation techniques to addresses of useful organizations.
Assessment: This is a valuable, important contribution to the field and a worthwhile purchase for the individual, bookstore, and library. It contains useful, if not vital, information for anyone affected by this disorder. The new edition provides new information as well as discusses some aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder in greater detail than the first edition.
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