An essential resource for anyone providing services for individuals with OCD or anxiety disorders
Cognitive-behavioral therapy using the techniques of exposure and response prevention has helped countless individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) overcome debilitating symptoms and live fuller, more satisfying lives.
This volume opens with an overview of the diagnosis and assessment of OCD in adults and delineates an evidence-based conceptual framework for understanding the development, maintenance, and treatment of obsessions and compulsions.
The core of the book that follows is a highly practical treatment manual, based on decades of scientific research and clinical refinement, packed with helpful clinical pearls, therapist-patient dialogues, illustrative case vignettes, sample forms and handouts. State-of-the-art strategies for enhancing exposure therapy using inhibitory learning, ACT, and couples-based approaches are described. Readers are also equipped with skills for tailoring treatment to patients with different types of OCD symptoms (e.g., contamination, unacceptable thoughts, challenging presentations such as mental rituals) and for addressing common obstacles to treatment. The book is an essential resource for anyone providing services for individuals with anxiety disorders.
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology and Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic and a North Carolina licensed psychologist with a diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is an international expert on anxiety and OCD and has published 12 books and over 200 research articles and book chapters. He is editor of two scientifi c journals, including the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz has served as President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Ryan Jane Jacoby, MA, is a doctoral student of clinical psychology in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She conducts research on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders and is specifi cally interested in cognitive biases, treatment augmentation strategies, symptom dimensions of OCD, and inhibitory learning approaches to exposure therapy. Ms. Jacoby has published and presented her research at various national and international professional conferences and has received numerous awards for her academic accomplishments