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Concepts and Controversies in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders) [Hardcover]

Jonathan S. Abramowitz , Arthur C. Houts

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7 Sep 2005 038723280X 978-0387232805 2005

This unique volume gives readers a front-row seat at an exciting and crucial symposium.

Recent advances in theory and treatment have significantly increased our understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Yet research on OCD generally falls in categories of either behavioral or biological, and rarely do the two meet. Concepts and Controversies in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder bridges this gap admirably. Featuring an international panel of 42 experts, this volume focuses in depth on-and presents opposing viewpoints to -the seven conceptual and practical disputes that characterize the field today:

- categorical versus dimensional perspectives on symptoms

- animal versus behavioral models

- single OCD entity versus OCD spectrum

- neuropsychiatric versus cognitive-behavioral models

- cognitive therapy versus exposure therapy

- self-directed versus therapist-directed treatment

- medication versus cognitive-behavioral therapy

These issues are presented in a debate format, with each side contributing a position paper on the topic, followed by a rebuttal from the opposite perspective. To further enrich the debate, timely chapters examine special areas such as sexual addictions, body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania, Tourette's syndrome, and compulsive shopping in the context of OCD.

This level of discussion and argument, with its possibility for collaboration and integration, makes Concepts and Controveries of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder unique and productive reading for students, researchers, and therapists of all orientations as they design the next generation of theory and greater nuances of treatment.

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Abramowitz and Houts' volume on Concepts and Controversies in OCD is a winner. This is a must read for discerning clinicians, graduate students and researchers wanting to stay on top of the latest information and clinical disagreements about OCD. Experts formally debate the important issues about symptom subtypes, the relationship of OCD and spectrum conditions, biological and psychological models, and cognitive versus behavioral versus pharmacological treatments. This is a cutting edge work likely to catalyze important discoveries about OCD and related problems.

Gail Steketee, PhD
Professor, Co-Chair of Clinical Practice
Boston University School of Social Work

"Over the past 30 years, clinical scientists have devoted considerable attention to the experiences of people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). … The unique feature of this volume is that it revolves around a series of exchanges or discussions. ... The book’s principal value lies in the presentation of information from a number of different fields of study. … The topics included in the volume are well chosen … . The editors have done the field a great service … ." (Thomas F. Oltmanns, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 51 (27), July, 2006)

About the Author

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D., ABPP, is Associate Professor and Director of the OCD/Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He conducts research on OCD and other anxiety disorders and has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters. He also maintains an active consultation and clinical practice. He serves on Advisory Boards for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and Anxiety Disorders Association of America and has received awards from the American Psychological Association, National Institutes of Health, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, and Mayo Clinic.

Arthur C. Houts, Ph.D., was Professor and Director of Clinical Training at The University of Memphis until he retired in 2003 to work full time at The West Clinic, a large oncology center in Memphis, TN. He has published broadly in adult and child clinical psychology, as well as in the field of science studies. Dr. Houts is currently developing technology to provide better quality of life assessment in cancer care and is building a research network of oncology practices for clinical trials.

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