Description: This book reviews obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder literature from a conference, "The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Refining the Research Agenda," convened by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and supported by the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health as one of the key events in the construction of DSM-V, scheduled for 2013. It is written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field.
Purpose: The purpose of this book and the conference on which it is based is to "underscore APA's interest in ensuring that information and recommendations developed as part of this process are available to scientific groups who are concurrently updating other national and international classifications of mental and behavioral disorders."
Audience: The book is designed to give the target audience of "clinicians, academicians, and nosologists an in-depth look at how obsessive-compulsive phenomena are represented in the current diagnostic system and the DSM-V might better address the needs of patients with these disorders." These reviews have been published in Psychiatric Research and CNS Spectrums.
Features: Topics covered include the boundaries of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) , the relationship between body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders and OCD, the relationship between Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania and OCD, the relationship between impulse control disorders and OCD, symptom dimensions in OCD, genetics and OCD, the relationship between autism, Parkinson's disease, and OCD, cross-species models of OCD, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Each chapter ends with citations of relevant and recent scientific literature.
Assessment: This informative compilation of reviews on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders will give readers some insight into the thought behind the ideas going into the DSM-V criteria.