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At any one time at least five million people in the United States are experiencing the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a mental disorder defined by recurrent, unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) that OCD sufferers feel driven to perform.
The OCD Answer Book is an authoritative reference for these adults and their loved ones, providing sound advice and immediate answers to their most pressing questions.
-What is an obsession?
-What is a compulsion?
-Is it possible to "grow out" of OCD?
-Does OCD run in families?
-What increases my risk for OCD?
-If I check something several times does that mean that I suffer from OCD?
-I heard that OCD and strep throat might be related to each other. Is that true?
Written by an experienced psychologist in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The OCD Answer Book helps readers and their loved ones cope with OCD, conquer their fears, and seek therapy when necessary.
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Chapter 1. What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Chapter 2. Identifying OCD
Chapter 3. Causes of OCD
Chapter 4. Obsessions
Chapter 5. Compulsions
Chapter 6. OCD and Its Relationship with Other Disorders
Chapter 7. Psychological Therapies for OCD
Chapter 8. The "OCD Brain" and Medications
Chapter 9. Living with OCD
Chapter 10. Talking about OCD with Others
Chapter 11. Tips for Getting Help
Appendix A: Obsession Challenge Worksheet
Appendix B: Daily Exposure Homework Sheet
Appendix C: Fear Hierarchy
Appendix D: The Vertical Arrow
About the Author