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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Virginia Galloway, BA (Rush University Medical Center)
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.