The Treatment of Obsessions

Paperback | January 16, 2003

byStanley Rachman

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In the past decade, important progress has been made in understanding the spectrum of obsessive-compulsive disorders; however, most advances in treatment have been directed at the compulsive element of the behaviour. It is estimated that for as many as one in three patients presenting withobsessive-compulsive disorder, the primary problem is the obsessions. Obsessions are repetitive, unwanted thoughts, images or impulses. This book describes how to conduct the first, specific cognitive treatment for obsessions, and provides a comprehensive account of the underlying cognitive theory and supporting experimental evidence. The book discusses patient assessment procedures, provides a detailed explanation of the specific technique, anticipates possible patient reactions and suggests tactics for dealing with them, and explores methods for assessing progress. Throughout, there are helpful case studies to illustrateaspects of the technique and the book closes with a 'tool kit' of forms and charts to allow the therapist to plan and record treatment sessions. This will be essential reading for all members of the mental health team involved in applying cognitive therapies, as well as those in patient support organizations and academics interested in abnormal psychologies.

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In the past decade, important progress has been made in understanding the spectrum of obsessive-compulsive disorders; however, most advances in treatment have been directed at the compulsive element of the behaviour. It is estimated that for as many as one in three patients presenting withobsessive-compulsive disorder, the primary pro...

Stanley Rachman is in the Department of Psychology, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 16, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198515375

ISBN - 13:9780198515371

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Background and Rationale3. Assessment Procedures4. Treatment - Stage 15. Treatment - Stage 26. Dealing with Self-Defeating Safety Behaviour7. Tactics8. How to Assess Progress and Deal with Problems9. Therapist's Tool Kit10. Case IllustrationsReferences

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.,."a thoroughly enjoyable read, and very useful from both a science and practice perspective." --Canadian Psychology "This is a solidly written and essential tool for the clinician and mental health staff who employ cognitive therapies in their daily work."--Doody's "Treatment of Obsessions presents a treatment manual for addressing the specific cognitive problems associated with obsessions without accompanying compulsions...An excellent resource for clinicians by describing, succinctly, the model of obsessions and the methods for most effective intervention."--Journal of Clinical Psychology