ERIC Number: ED408729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. [Revised.]
This booklet provides an overview of the causes, symptoms, and incidence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and addresses the key features of OCD, including obsessions, compulsions, realizations of senselessness, resistance, and shame and secrecy. Research findings into the causes of OCD are reviewed which indicate that the brains of individuals with OCD have different patterns of brain activity than those of people without mental illness or with some other mental illness. Other types of illness that may be linked to OCD are noted, such as Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania, body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis. The use of pharmacotherapy and behavior therapy to treat individuals with OCD is evaluated and a screening test for OCD is presented, along with information on how to get help for OCD. Lists of organizations that can be contacted and related books on the subject are also provided. Case histories of people with OCD are included in the margins of the booklet. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Behavior Modification, Disability Identification, Drug Therapy, Incidence, Intervention, Mental Disorders, Neurological Impairments, Outcomes of Treatment, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
National Institute of Mental Health, Information Resources and Inquiries Branch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7C-02, Rockville, MD 20857.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.