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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
All You Want to Know about OCD for People Living with OCD, Carers, and Clinicians


  • Author: Lynne M. Drummond, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781911623755

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  • Obsessive compulsive disorder affects between 1 and 3 per cent of the population. Ranging from relatively mild symptoms to being a profoundly disabling disorder, it is a condition that is amenable to modern treatments. This book examines the evidence for and potential role of a range of treatment methods, from CBT to pharmacological approaches. It asks what an individual can do to help themselves, and how friends and relatives can assist in the recovery process. Although firmly based in clinical research, it is written in a jargon-free and accessible style to help provide deep understanding of the disorder. Personal narratives and case studies of people living with OCD feature to illustrate points, and the book considers emerging research and the future of approaches to OCD. Built upon decades of experience, this guide will inform and support adults and young people living with OCD, as well as carers, families and health professionals.

    • An accessible, jargon-free guide to encourage deeper understanding of OCD and its management, written for those living with OCD as well as carers, families and health professionals
    • Combines a thorough overview of evidence-based approaches to OCD with personal stories of people living with and managing these conditions
    • Written by an expert with more than thirty years of experience, ranging from clinical practice to working with charities and self-help organisations to advising media output on OCD
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… Lynne Drummond and Laura Edwards are to be congratulated for tackling the difficult subject of OCD head on in their well thought out and well written book. I am particularly pleased that they have succeeded in their ambition to produce a piece of work that is accessible to both those living with OCD and their caring and loving supporters. OCD is no joke. At its worst, it is the devil on one's shoulder, never happier than when malevolently corroding its host's self-confidence and sense of worth. But Lynne and Laura show that, with the right support and interventions, sunlight - in the form of hope, happiness and fulfilment - can come flooding back to chase away this meanest of shadows.' Sir Charles Walker

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781911623755
    • length: 154 pages
    • copublisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • dimensions: 186 x 123 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.17kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. So what is OCD and is it really a problem?
    2. Who gets OCD and how would anyone know if they had it?
    3. Types and presentation of OCD
    4. Drug treatment
    5. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD
    6. Children and adolescents with OCD
    7. Old treatments, modern developments, new research and potential treatments for the future
    8. Other conditions which appear similar to OCD
    9. What can family and carers do to help a person with OCD?
    10. What can the person with OCD do to help themselves?

  • Author

    Lynne M. Drummond, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
    Lynne M. Drummond is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer with South West London and St George's NHS Mental Health Trust, where she has run a CBT specialist service since 1985. She works closely with charities including Triumph Over OCD and Phobias UK (TOP UK), OCD Action and OCD UK. Passionate about public education, Drummond advises in the media. Recent work includes Channel 4's 'A Little Bit OCD with Jon Richardson', winner of a Mind Media Award in 2013, and ITV's 'OCD Ward', shortlisted for a Mind Media Award in 2014.

    Assisted by

    Laura J. Edwards
    Laura J. Edwards is a freelance writer with an interest in making science accessible to the public. For this project, she assisted with ensuring that the book's language and explanations are accessible to its readers. She also collaborated on the book's approach and content.

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