Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: Subtypes and Spectrum Conditions

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Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Dean McKay, Steven Taylor
Elsevier, 2008 - Psychology - 313 pages
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Researchers and clinicians working with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and related disorders who need the most current information available will find this volume of great use. This work covers contemporary theory, research, and treatment of the various subtypes of OCD and problems often referred to as OCD spectrum disorders.

As the mental health field considers the next iteration of the DSM, an entire research agenda is being planned to elucidate issues such as how best to understand and classify OCD. The questions of subtypes and spectrum disorders are at the heart of this issue and will guide how OCD is conceptualized in DSM-V. This volume, dedicated to such diagnostic, theoretical, and treatment issues, helps informs the field of the most up-to-date knowledge and what remains to be resolved.

* Deconstructs OCD into its subtypes
* Reviews current research and treatment for these problems
* Considers how OCD will be conceptualized in DSM-V
* Represents an international scope with contributions from field experts in psychology, psychiatry, and social work
* Includes critical discussion of the OCD subtype and OCD spectrum concepts

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About the author (2008)

Dr. Abramowitz is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of OCD and has published over 100 journal articles, books chapters, or books on this and related topics. He has received awards from the Mayo Clinic, American Psychological Association (Division 12) and the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. Dr. Abramowitz serves as Associate Editor of Behavior Research and Therapy and on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He was a members of the DSM-IV-TR Anxiety Disorders Work Group.

Dr. Dean McKay is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Journal of Anxiety Disorders. He has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters, and has over 100 conference presentations. He is Board Certified in Behavioral and Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), is a Fellow of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology and Academy of Clinical Psychology, as well as a Clinical Fellow of the Behavior Research and Therapy Society. His research has focused primarily on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as body Dysmorphic disorder and Hypochondriasis and their link to OCD. His research has also focused on mechanisms of information processing bias for anxiety states.

Dr. Steven Taylor is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. For 10 years he was Associate Editor of Behavior Research and Therapy, and now is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. He has published over 100 journal articles, over 35 book chapters, and 8 books on anxiety disorders and related topics. His most recent books are on the nature and treatment of hypochondriasis, which is commonly considered to be an OC spectrum disorder. He served as a consultant on the text revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), and is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada. He has received early career awards from the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association of Cognitive Therapy. His clinical and research interests include cognitive-behavioral treatments and mechanisms of anxiety disordres and related conditions.

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