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(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists 

(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists
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(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists
Author(s):

Edna B. Foa

, Elna Yadin

, and Tracey K. Lichner

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195335286.003.0001
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date: 10 December 2019

In Chapter 1 the cognitive-behavioral model of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is presented, as well as an explanation of how exposure and ritual (response) prevention (EX/RP) treatment relates to this model. The prevalence of OCD is discussed, along with its impact and comorbid disorders. The American Psychiatric Association diagnostic criteria is explored, along with OCD symptom subtypes (contamination and washing/cleaning, obsessions about causing harm, symmetry and ordering, hoarding, and mental ritualizing). The development and execution of the EX/RP program and cognitive-behavioral conceptualization of OCD is discussed, its use with medication and efficacy, risks, benefits, and alternative treatments.

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