2. Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Theory, and Treatment

  1. Gregoris Simos3 and
  2. Stefan G. Hofmann4
  1. David A. Clark1 and
  2. Gregoris Simos2

Published Online: 17 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118330043.ch2

CBT for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner Book

CBT for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner Book

How to Cite

Clark, D. A. and Simos, G. (2013) Obsessive–Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Theory, and Treatment, in CBT for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner Book (eds G. Simos and S. G. Hofmann), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118330043.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

  2. 4

    Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada

  2. 2

    University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470975534

Online ISBN: 9781118330043

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Keywords:

  • acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT);
  • cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT);
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD);
  • obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSDs);
  • pharmacotherapy;
  • phenomenology;
  • psychopathology

Summary

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most chronic and severe of the anxiety disorders, affecting 2-3% of the general population. This chapter presents an overview of current research into the psychopathology and treatment of OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSDs). It begins by considering the phenomenology of obsessions and compulsions, with particular focus on the debate for reclassifying OCD with the spectrum disorders that would be distinct from the other anxiety disorders. It then discusses recent cognitive behavioral formulations of OCD and spectrum disorder as well as the empirical evidence for the cognitive appraisal perspective. The chapter concludes with a review of pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioral treatments for OCD and OCSDs, and whether mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) offer any promise for revitalizing the treatment approach to these conditions.