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    Lynne M. Drummond, St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London with Laura J. Edwards.
    "Obsessive-compulsive disorders affects between 1 and 3 percent 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"-- Provided by publisher. "This book arises out of my experience with people living with OCD and their families since the 1980s. When I was developing my interest in this area, few people had heard of OCD and those who had were often still confused about what it was. Today there appears, at first sight, to be much greater awareness. However, a higher profile in the media has also led to a frequent underestimation about how damaging and severe OCD can be. People now frequently quip that they are "a bit OCD" not understanding that in its severe forms, OCD destroys relationships and families and can lead to the early demise of the individual. OCD is not just being fussy or preferring an orderly life but is a serious, life-restricting psychological disorder which requires help and treatment. Fortunately we now have good and effective treatments which can alter the prognosis of OCD and lead to people living happy, fulfilled lives with minimal inconvenience from OCD symptoms. Despite this there is still often confusion about what the evidenced-based treatments are and how to ensure that the person receives the appropriate help and care they need. I am hoping that this book will help to bridge the gap. I have described what OCD is and how it can impact on families. There is then a full discussion concerning tried and tested treatments. I then examine more "experimental" and unusual treatments for that handful of individuals who do not gain benefit from standard treatments"-- Provided by publisher.
    Digital Access  Cambridge 2018