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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: A principle objective of this book is to provide the most recent understanding of trichotillomania, skin picking, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Such BFRBs include nail biting, lip biting, mouth chewing, teeth grinding, thumb sucking, body rocking, and head banging.
Purpose: In addition to reviewing the latest knowledge of these disorders, the book provides a thorough discussion of their evaluation and treatment. The editors, moreover, aim to persuade readers that continued work on these conditions is of paramount importance.
Audience: The book is targeted at clinicians, researchers, and individuals with BFRBs and their family members, with a focus on educating clinicians about these disorders.
Features: Composed of 13 chapters, the book is divided into three parts. Part I focuses on the clinical presentation of BFRBs, part 2 emphasizes the assessment of such behaviors, and part 3 presents various treatment approaches. With their goal of stressing the importance of continued work on BFRBs, the editors make sure to attend to this theme throughout the book. Some chapters, for example, highlight the considerable distress and morbidity associated with these conditions. Other chapters accentuate the manner in which these conditions provide insights into compulsive and impulsive behaviors, reward systems, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy. Tables and figures can be found in most of the chapters, and references are provided at the end of every chapter.
Assessment: While psychiatric books line the shelves of libraries and bookstores, there is a dearth of books that focus on BFRBs. As the editors poignantly point out, BFRBs are a key aspect of human suffering yet are an often neglected area of clinical care. This book answers the call for a publication that gives undivided attention to BFRBs. Clinicians now will be fully prepared with the latest knowledge, proper evaluation techniques, and cutting-edge treatment options for patients with these disorders.