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

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ISBN: 978-1-4338-1563-8
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Copyright: 2014
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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.

Table of Contents


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

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

III. Pharmacological Treatment

  1. Pharmacotherapy for Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Disorders Among Children and Adolescents
    S. Evelyn Stewart and Andrea C. Stachon
  2. 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

  1. Twin Studies of the Genetic and Environmental Etiology of Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Phenomena
    Steven Taylor
  2. 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


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Eric A. Storch, PhD, is a 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, 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 a professor in the Department of Psychology at 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 the 2013–2014 president-elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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, OCD, 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.

Reviews & Awards

Quite simply, this is the best book about OCD I have ever read. Storch and McKay solicited chapters from some of the most notable experts in the field, provided an historical content for tracing the new category of OCSDs, integrated findings from multiple disciplines, and synthesized a host of treatment implications and recommendations. All of the chapters are eminently readable, no doubt the result of careful editing and collaboration with the contributing authors. Students, trainees, clinicians, and researchers should acquire this book and read it cover to cover. Whether you are new to the subject matter, casually familiar with OCD, or an informed professional, there is something to learn from every chapter in the book. Thorough, insightful, and of the highest quality, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder and Its Spectrum will surely advance client care, behavioral healthcare systems, and scientific inquiry now and for years to come.
New England Psychologist

This book tackles a difficult problem from a life-span approach. It covers many different topics, especially in terms of assessment and treatment. It should be in the libraries of both novice and seasoned clinicians.
—Doody's Review Service

Storch and McKay do an excellent job bringing together the leading experts in OCD and OCD spectrum-related disorders. These chapters will be very helpful to clinicians who may have struggled with the limitations of older classification systems. The focus on how these disorders affect different parts of the lifespan is also a great feature. This volume will be beneficial to clinicians who are new to the field as well as to those experienced clinicians who want to gain more in-depth knowledge.