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Complexities in Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders: Advances in Conceptualization and Treatment
Edited by Eric A. Storch, Jonathan S. Abramowitz, and Dean McKay
Oxford University Press / Hardcover / Oct 2021
9780190052775 (ISBN-10: 0190052775)
Psychotherapy / Psychiatry
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472 pages
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Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs) have received considerable attention over the past two decades culminating with the inclusion of a new classification category of "Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders" (OCRDs) in DSM-5. This group of conditions includes OCD along with two newly minted conditions (Hoarding Disorder and Excoriation Disorder) and others previously classified as Somatoform Disorders (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) and Impulse Control Disorders (Hair Pulling Disorder). The implications for research on these conditions, as well as their relations with one another, are significant since their aggregation is based on putative central mechanisms with limited empirical support to date. Indeed, the past decades have seen a dramatic surge in research on OCRDs. Such scholarship has occurred across several domains including clinical phenomenology, assessment, and psychological therapies. A complete synthesis of the emerging data across these domains would be beyond the scope of a single journal article or series of articles while having the ability to comprehensively discuss advances in the field and stimulating in these areas.

Many of the available textbooks, although meritorious in their own right, are outdated and do not address the most recent research advances and emerging clinical implications. Indeed, the past decade has seen a tremendous growth in knowledge on treatment, assessment, treatment augmentation, and basic science that is not contained fully within existing volumes (see discussion of specific texts further below). Thus, providing a comprehensive textbook that addresses recent advances will provide a much needed update to the field of OCRDs. Furthermore, recent texts primarily address OCRDs from a biological standpoint, neglecting psychosocial theoretical and intervention approaches that enjoy the most empirical support of any conceptual and treatment approaches for most of the relevant conditions. As a result, the literature has been dominated by a single predominant perspective, which does not fully represent the available data or perspectives of front-line clinicians and researchers alike. As researchers and clinicians will be increasingly focused on this topic in light of the changes to DSM-5 - together with the dearth of current objective available information - this book will
be a timely addition to the literature in guiding clinicians in advances in OCRDs that will impact their practice. Third, a number of conditions outside the OCRD chapter in DSM-5 are often proposed as "related" to OCD (e.g., misophonia).


"Organized by three of the most prolific scholars from the field of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, this paragon of knowledge brings together basic concepts and complex problems into an undisputable masterpiece. It is an essential item in the bookshelf of any mental health clinician." --Prof. Leonardo F Fontenelle, MD, PhD, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monash University, Australia

"Dr. Storch and colleagues and all of the chapter authors have given us an amazing overview of the relationship OCD has to other conditions, how it is best treated outside of the standard one-on-one session, and what we have to look forward to in the future of OCD and Related Disorders Care.This book is a welcome addition to the library of anyone treating OCD and Related Disorders, and will likely be dog-eared from continued use as a reference both in and out of sessions." --Patrick B. McGrath, PhD, Head of Clinical Services, NOCD

"This is an exceptional and much-needed compilation, compulsory for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the most recent advances in the field of OCD and related disorders. The authors successfully synthesize emerging research and concepts into practical treatment implications and recommendations, no small feat given the complexity of the data and the disorders." --Rachel A. Davis, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Medical Director, OCD and Neuromodulation Programs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

"Complexity is part and parcel of the clinical expression of OCD and related disorders. This text is a must read for clinicians, researchers and students alike who will work with these patients in practice or in research settings and presents latest innovations in treatment science and practice. Storch, Abramowitz and McKay, world leading authorities in the field of OCRDs, have compiled the most comprehensive volume to date on this topic, delivering novel, practical solutions to complex clinical issues." --Lara J. Farrell, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia

"As a clinician who specializes in the treatment of OCD and related disorders, I often feel as if I am one unanswered question away from dramatically reducing someone's suffering. People with these conditions rarely fit perfectly into one simple category for which a manual would spell out the whole treatment approach. Storch, Abramowitz, and McKay, to whom I have grown accustomed turning to for answers, have pulled together the most comprehensive collection of studies possible in Complexities in Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. This will be the first place I look when I think 'what about...?' and it will be required reading for anyone I train." --Jon Hershfield, MFT, Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety at Sheppard Pratt

"Storch, Abramowitz, and McKay have assembled an all-star cast to tackle this subject. Clinicians take note, this is not an ivory tower compilation intended only for scientific investigators. This book provides highly useful clinical information that can inform the implementation of treatment. Descendants of Copernicus may someday discover OCD is not the center of the OCRD universe, but, for now, it provides a practical theme for a book that will enlighten readers about clinical conditions the editors rightly contend have been 'misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated.'" --C. Alec Pollard, PhD, Director, Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

"For a clinician with extensive experience in treating complex cases of OCD, this book is a treat. It offers a timely and indispensable road map for the complex and changing landscape of OCRD and its borderlands. Offering new insight for experienced clinicians and a comprehensive overview for researchers and students at once is simply brilliant." --Bernhard Weidle, MD, PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

"Storch, Abramowitz and McKay have teamed up with a host of excellent clinical researchers to assemble a truly comprehensive collection of chapters that explain OCD and multiple related disorders. The authors do a fine job of pointing out the similarities and differences among these debilitating conditions and pointing to the clinical implications of the research findings. Well done!" --Gail Steketee, PhD, Professor and Dean Emerita, Boston University

"A much-needed and invaluable compendium that expertly fills a gap in the literature. Unique and impressive in its scope, this one-stop reference guide provides excellent coverage of key issues, nuances and challenges in a murky field of complex conditions. A 'must-have' for the clinician's bookshelf." --Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD, Director, The Anxiety Wellness Center, Cary, NC

"This is a must-have resource for any clinician, researcher, educator, and trainee working with Obsessive Compulsive or related disorders (OCRDs). Authored by a who's who of leading authorities, this book brings much needed clarity to the DSM-5 conceptualization of OCRDs through careful description of the unique and overlapping clinical features and highly pragmatic assessment and treatment guidelines for over a dozen, often poorly understood, yet surprisingly common, OCD-related clinical presentations, including hoarding, body dysmorphia, hairpulling, skinpicking, sensory intolerance, Tourette's disorder, as well as OCD complicated by trauma, substance use, and autism." --John Piacentini, PhD, ABPP, Director, UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program and Center for Child Anxiety, Resilience, Education and Support (CARES)

About the Editors:

Eric A. Storch, PhD, holds the McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He has published over 750 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and Dr. Storch has edited or co-edited 20 books dealing with treatment of complex cases in children, clinical complications in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and childhood anxiety. He has received grant funding for his work in OCD, related disorders (e.g., tics), and anxiety in youth with and without ASD from the National Institutes of Health, CDC, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Tourette Syndrome Association, and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders. He is considered an international leader in the nature and treatment of pediatric and adult OCD and related conditions.

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D. is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, and Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is also the Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. His research and clinical interests are focused on the nature and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other problems related to anxiety and fear. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. His service and contributions to the field have been recognized through awards from the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, the National Institute of Mental health, and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation.

Dean McKay, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University and is current President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy, Behaviour Research and Therapy and Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He has edited or co-edited 19 books addressing the treatment of complex cases in children and adults, obsessive-compulsive disorder, disgust in psychopathology and research methodology, and published over 250 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. McKay serves on the Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), as well as on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF). His research has focused primarily on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the role of disgust in psychopathology, and most recently on selective sound sensitivity (also known as Misophonia).

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