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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Spectrum: A Life-Span Approach

by Eric A Storch and Dean McKay American Psychological Association
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Obsessive–compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSDs) are conditions that, while not meeting diagnostic criteria for obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), share many similar symptoms. The past decade has seen a tremendous growth in knowledge on the nature, treatment, assessment, and basic science of OCSDs.

This book reviews the latest research on OCD and OCSDs and provides evidence-based guidance for assessment and treatment. Several different conditions are covered, including hoarding disorder; body dysmorphic disorder; hair pulling, skin picking, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors; Tourette disorder and tics; hypochondriasis; as well as OCD.

Importantly, the book takes a life-span perspective, with specific attention given to the unique aspects of OCSDs across different age groups. Both psychological and pharmacological treatments are reviewed, as well as comorbidities and other complications. Two special chapters review the neurobiological and behavioral genetic support for the obsessive–compulsive spectrum.

By bridging the psychological and biomedical perspectives on OCSDs, this book will appeal to a broad range of clinicians and researchers operating within this new diagnostic framework.


Gail Steketee

Introduction: Defining the Scope and Boundaries of the Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum
Dean McKay and Eric A. Storch

I. Assessment and Psychological Treatment
1.Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder in Adults
Blaise Worden and David F. Tolin
2.Pediatric Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder
Michelle R. Gryczkowski and Stephen P. H. Whiteside
3.Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder in Young Children
Michael R. Walther, Krishnapriya Josyula, Jennifer B. Freeman, and Abbe M. Garcia
4.Tractable Impediments to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder
Adam B. Lewin
5.Treatment of Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum Disorders in Late Life
Catherine Ayers and Sadia Najmi
6.Hoarding Disorder
Jordana Muroff, Maxwell E. Levis, and Christiana Bratiotis
7.Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Andrea S. Hartmann, Aaron J. Blashill, Jennifer L. Greenberg, and Sabine Wilhelm
8.Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
Ivar Snorrason and Douglas W. Woods
9.Tourette's Disorder and Tics
Michael B. Himle and Loran P. Hayes
10.Health Anxiety
Heather D. Hadjistavropoulos, Nicole M. Alberts, and Gordon J. G. Asmundson

II. Comorbidities
11.Depression in the Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum
Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Shannon M. Blakey
12.Suicidal and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum
Margaret S. Andover and Blair W. Morris
13.Restricted Repetitive Behaviors: Connections Between Autism Spectrum and Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Sunday M. Francis, Soo-Jeong Kim, and Suma Jacob

III. Pharmacological Treatment
14.Pharmacotherapy for Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Disorders Among Children and Adolescents
S. Evelyn Stewart and Andrea C. Stachon
15.Pharmacotherapy for Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Disorders Among Adults
Jon E. Grant, Brian L. Odlaug, and Liana R. N. Schreiber

IV. Neuroscientific Support for the Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum
16.Twin Studies of the Genetic and Environmental Etiology of Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Phenomena
Steven Taylor
17.Functional Neuroimaging and Models for Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Kyle A. B. Lapidus, Emily R. Stern, Heather A. Berlin, and Wayne K. Goodman

Eric A. Storch, PhD, is professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida.

He has published more than 325 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has edited or coedited six books dealing with treatment of complex cases in children, obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), and childhood anxiety.

He has received grant funding for his work in OCD, related disorders (e.g., tics), and anxiety from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, International OCD Foundation, Tourette Syndrome Association, and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.

He directs the cognitive–behavioral therapy component at the University of South Florida OCD Program and is highly regarded for his treatment of pediatric and adult OCD patients.

Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP, is professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University. He serves on the editorial boards of Behaviour Research and Therapy, Behavior Modification, Behavior Therapy, and the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and is editor-in-chief of Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Dr. McKay is president-elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (presidential term 2013–2014).

He has published more than 130 journal articles and book chapters and has given more than 150 conference presentations. He is board certified in Behavioral and Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Dr. McKay has edited or coedited eight books dealing with treatment of complex cases in children and adults, obsessive–compulsive disorder, disgust in psychopathology, and research methodology. His research has focused primarily on OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, and hypochondriasis and their link to OCD as well as the role of disgust in psychopathology.

Dr. McKay is also director and founder of the Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research, a private treatment and research center in Westchester County, New York.