Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Symptoms, Therapy and Clinical Challenges


Jeffrey L. Nelson (Editor)

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: MED105000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/PLHB7934

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is characterized by distressing intrusive thoughts and repetitive, time-consuming, task-oriented actions intended to counter these thoughts and reduce anxiety, represents a serious psychiatric condition and cause of disability worldwide. This book consists of five chapters that provide details on the effects of OCD and strategies for reducing its negative impact. Chapter One provides a general overview of OCD, including its neurochemical basis and treatment approaches. Chapter Two explores some of the nuisances present in working with individuals with OCD within the context of obsessive and compulsive content that may require additive elements to be considered in treatment. Chapter Three discusses the diagnostic criteria, clinical aspects, and current treatment approaches of pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. Chapter Four describes the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and adolescents with OCD. Lastly, Chapter Five explains the role that religion takes in certain presentations of OCD and informs clinicians how to differentiate between standard religious practices and compulsive behaviors.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A General Overview
(Riccardo Santini, Antonella Mariano, Federico Fiori Nastro, Martina Pelle, Alberto Siracusano, Cinzia Niolu and Flavia di Michele – Chair of Psychiatry, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 2. Relevant Mechanisms in Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Case for Domain-Specific Relevance with Scrupulosity and Other Forms of Obsessions and Compulsions
(Dakota Mauzay – University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center, Moscow, Idaho, USA)

Chapter 3. Acute-Onset Subtypes of Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections
(Canan Kuygun Karci – Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Ekrem Tok Psychiatry Hospital, Adana, Turkey)

Chapter 4. The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
(Canan Kuygun Karci – Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Ekrem Tok Psychiatry Hospital, Adana, Turkey)

Chapter 5. A Review of Considerations in Assessing and Treating Religious-Themed Obsessions
(Kelly N. Banneyer – Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA)


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