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From The CriticsReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is an update of a 2004 book on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a clear, concise, comprehensive guide to understanding OCD for the general public whose lives are afflicted by OCD.
Audience: Both individuals who are afflicted with OCD and their families and friends are the intended audience, and the authors explain OCD clearly for these readers. However, by stressing the importance of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), they limit the appeal of this book for healthcare providers using other treatment modalities.
Features: The book details the history of and describes OCD, then discusses the effects, prevalence, and leading theories of the potential causes and treatments of OCD. It also includes several case studies, rating scales, a description of OCD in children, and practical advice, and lists organizations and further reading about OCD.
Assessment: This book does a superior job of describing OCD and provides excellent resources for those either afflicted with OCD or close to someone who is. However, in the discussion of the treatment of OCD, the authors clearly present CBT as the most successful method. As a result, they may limit their audience to those with OCD who will be treated via CBT. The authors would improve the book by, first, providing more references as well as more up-to-date references (page 105 describes research from the 1970s) and, second, adding a psychiatrist as author to discuss medication for OCD, thereby providing a more balanced discussion. The case studies are relevant and interesting, and the appendixes are helpful for those living in the U.K.