Concepts and Controversies in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Jonathan S. Abramowitz
  • Arthur C. Houts

Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Phenomenology

    1. James F. Leckman, David Mataix-Cols, Maria Conceição do Rosario-Campos
      Pages 3-25
    2. Steven Taylor
      Pages 27-52
    3. Eric Hollander, Jennifer P. Friedberg, Stacey Wasserman, Chin-Chin Yeh, Rupa Iyengar
      Pages 95-118
    4. Dan J. Stein, Christine Lochner, Sian Hemmings, Craig Kinnear
      Pages 151-161
    5. Fugen Neziroglu, Sony Khemlani-Patel
      Pages 163-175
    6. Stefanie A. Schwartz, Jonathan S. Abramowitz
      Pages 177-184
    7. Lorraine A. Swan-Kremeier, James E. Mitchell, Ronald J. Faber
      Pages 185-190
  3. Etiology

    1. David R. Rosenberg, Aileen Russell, Andrea Fougere
      Pages 209-228
    2. Roz Shafran
      Pages 229-260
  4. Treatment

    1. Jeanne Fama, Sabine Wilhelm
      Pages 263-281
    2. Michael J. Kozak, Meredith E. Coles
      Pages 283-315
    3. David F. Tolin, Scott Hannan
      Pages 317-332
    4. Cheryl N. Carmin, Pamela S. Wiegartz, Kevin D. Wu
      Pages 333-358
    5. H. Blair Simpson, Michael R. Liebowitz
      Pages 359-376
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 401-437

About this book


Few syndromes in psychopathology generate as much popular curiosity and clinical exploration as does obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Since the 1970s, research on OCD has increased exponentially. Speci?c advances include an improved grasp of the heterogeneity of the disorder, identi?cation of putative subtyping schemes, and the development of increasingly sophisticated theoretical models of the etiology and maintenance. Perhaps most importantly, research has led to advances in treatment; andwhereasthe?rstlinetherapies(cognitive-behaviortherapyandserotonergicm- ication) are not entirely effective for every sufferer, they have transformed OCD from an unmanageable lifetime af?iction into a treatable problem that need not reduce quality of life. Despite the aforementioned advances, there have emerged a number of sharp disagreements concerning OCD. Differences have surfaced over phenomenological issues, etiological models, and approaches to treatment, and often occur (but not exclusively) along disciplinary lines between biologically oriented and cogniti- behaviorally oriented authorities. For example, medical approaches posit that abn- mal biological processes cause OCD, whereas psychosocial formulations emphasize the role of learning and dysfunctional cognitions. Yet because theoretical conjecture andempirical?ndingsfromwithineachtraditionaretypicallyaddressedtowardd- tinct and narrow audiences, clinicians, researchers, and students with broad interests are hindered from gaining a clear grasp of the diverse (and sometimes polarized) perspectives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan S. Abramowitz
    • 1
  • Arthur C. Houts
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiarty and PsychologyThe Mayo ClinicRochester
  2. 2.The West ClinicMemphis

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-23280-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-23370-3
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