Obsessive compulsive disorder is a disabling and distressing mental health problem. This accessible introduction examines OCD's causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and is richly illustrated with case studies, making it engaging reading for anyone wishing to understand this complex mental health problem.
SECTION I: WHAT IS OCD?
1. OCD: Symptoms and Diagnosis
2. OCD: Prevalence and Epidemiology
3. OCD Related Mental Health Problems
SECTION II: WHAT CAUSES OCD?
4. Cognitive Factors
5. Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Social Factors
6. Biological Models of OCD
SECTION III: HOW DO WE TREAT OCD?
7. Psychological Treatments
8. Biological and Pharmacological Treatments
About the Authors:
Graham Davey is Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests are in the areas of anxiety disorders and pathological worrying, and he has published over 140 scientific articles and written or edited 18 books, including Psychopathology. He is a former President of the British Psychological Society and is currently editor-in-chief of Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.
Suzanne Dash began her psychology career at the University of Oxford, before moving to the University of Sussex to complete a PhD in mechanisms of worry. Following a post-doctoral position in parental transmission of anxiety disorders, Suzanne returned to the University of Oxford where she is now studying Graduate-Entry Medicine.
Frances Meeten is Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK. Since completing her D.Phil in 2010 at the University of Sussex, she has specialised in anxiety research and currently works on projects examining the brain/body relationship in anxiety and perseverative cognition.