Cognitive Approaches to Obsessions and Compulsions: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has perplexed clinicians and researchers for many years. Despite recent advances in our understanding of and ability to treat this debilitating problem, many people with OCD do not benefit or benefit only marginally from existing treatments. Newer approaches and a better understanding of the pathogenesis of OCD are needed. One such approach that has shown considerable promise in recent years is cognitive therapy. Recent studies have found cognitive therapy to be an effective treatment for OCD, and research on cognitive theory for OCD is rapidly expanding. This volume assembles nearly all of the major investigators responsible for the development of cognitive therapy (and theory) for OCD, as well as other major researchers in the field to write about cognitive phenomenology, assessment, treatment, and theory related to OCD. Each chapter of the book is written by an expert in the area. The first section of the book describes the domains of cognition in OCD and the subsequent section outlines measurement strategies where the efforts of an international working group of scholars to develop measures of OCD cognition are described. Reviews of OCD cognitions in OCD spectrum disorders and in specific populations (for example, the elderly and children) are reviewed in following sections. Finally, the role of these cognitions and cognitive processes in treatment is described.
Randy Frost received his PhD from the University of Kansas and is currently the Harold and Elsa Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College in Massachusetts. He has published numerous scientific articles on OCD, hoarding, and perfectionism, and his work has been funded by the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. His newest book is called Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things. Frost's other books include Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide and an accompanying workbook, as well as Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding.
Gail Steketee, Ph.D. is Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Her recent research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses on diagnostic and personality aspects of compulsive hoarding and on effective treatments. She and Dr. Frost have written the manual for mental health clinicians who treat hoarding problems.