Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well by Fred PenzelObsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well by Fred Penzel

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well

byFred Penzel

Hardcover | July 15, 2000

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Morbid obsessions with sex, germs, or with one's appearance, and uncontrollable compulsions to hoard objects, to check and recheck locks, or to pull one's hair are just a few of the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, which afflict over ten million Americans. Many suffer in isolation,not knowing that their disorder has a name, how to seek help, or how to help themselves. Dr. Penzel discusses the entire spectrum of these disorders, from the classic form characterized by intrusive, repetitive, and often unpleasant thoughts, to body dysmorphic disorder ("imagined ugliness"), trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), compulsive skin picking, and nail biting. Hetakes the reader through each step of the most effective behavioral therapies, detailing how progress is made and how to avoid relapse. He also offers a completely up-to-date discussion of medication--how it is used as part of the overall treatment, its effect on pregnancy, how to choose the bestmedicine, and how to know if it is working. In addition, Dr. Penzel discusses the treatment of children with these disorders, offers helpful advice for the families of sufferers, and lists sources of help and information (including the latest sites on the Internet).
Fred Penzel, Ph.D., has been dedicated to the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders since 1982. He is a frequent contributor to the newsletters of both the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center, and is the only psychologist to sit on the Science Advisory Boards of both organizations. He is the E...
Title:Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying WellFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 6.38 × 9.57 × 1.34 inPublished:July 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195140923

ISBN - 13:9780195140927

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Table of Contents

1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders--What They Are2. Behavioral Therapy: A Treatment That Works3. Self-Help for OCSDs4. Getting Proper Medical Treatment5. OCSDs and Children6. OCSDs and the Other People in Your Life7. Recovery and Acceptance8. Different Forms Obsessions Can Take9. Different Forms Compulsions Can Take10. OCSD--Or Not11. Accompaniments to OCSDs12. Causes and Contributing Factors of OCSDs13. Finding Resources and Getting HelpAppendicesA. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Symptom ChecklistB. Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, and Nail Biting Symptom ChecklistC. Official DSM-IV DiagnosesD. OCSD Reading and Viewing ListE. Glossary

Editorial Reviews

"Dr. Fred Penzel is a colleague whose work I have appreciated for almost two decades. He is always willing to help patients in need and will go the extra mile, and I often refer patients to him knowing that they will get excellent care. His book represents a comprehensive summary of OCD andrelated disorders. Topics include modern treatment aspects as well as discussions of biology, genetics, coping with these disorders, recovery and acceptance, family issues, rating scales, and many other pertinent subjects. Since he is a very experienced behavior therapist, this part of the bookwill be exceedingly helpful to patients and their families. I highly recommend this book to patients and their family members, and professionals who do not have Dr. Penzel's vast experience will find his discussions and recommendations useful as well."--Michael A. Jenike, MD