Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Elements, History, Treatments, and Research
by Leslie J. Shapiro
July 2020, 282pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7130-6
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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More than 4 million adults, and 1 million teenagers and children, are affected by OCD in the U.S.

A comprehensive introduction to one of the most common psychiatric disorders, a condition that results in intrusive, irrational thoughts and/or repetitive, illogical physical or mental actions.

Titles in this Health and Psychology Sourcebooks series address psychological, physical, or environmental conditions that threaten human health and wellbeing. This book presents a comprehensive overview of OCD—one of the five most common psychiatric disorders. Obsessions range from those associated with contamination, safety, and order or symmetry to scrupulosity, or the need the do the “right” thing. Compulsions range from counting, touching, and tapping to excessive cleaning/washing, arranging, or even hoarding.

Written by a therapist among the most experienced in the world in dealing with this disorder, this book covers the incidence, symptoms, diagnosis, history, development, and causes, as well as the effects and costs of OCD. It also addresses theory, research, and treatments and offers insight into and case studies illustrating how the disorder displays in society, at work, and in relationships. A glossary of terms, suggested further readings, and resource websites and organizations listing are included.


  • Addresses symptoms, incidence, diagnosis, and treatments
  • Explains development and causes
  • Includes case studies for illustration of concepts
  • Back matter includes a glossary, reading list, and list of organizations and websites
Leslie J. Shapiro, LICSW, is clinical supervisor at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital, Boston, where she is also a member of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Research. Previously, Shapiro was a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a lecturer and supervisor of medical residents practicing cognitive and behavioral therapy at Cambridge Hospital. An active member of the International Compulsive Disorders Foundation, she has been treating OCD for three decades, and her research on the disorder is ongoing. She authored Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2015).


"Recommended for public, community college, and university libraries."—Booklist Online, October 23, 2020

Leslie Shapiro is a consummate mental health clinician and author who has treated hundreds of patients with OCD and related disorders. A keen observer of OCD and related symptoms, she has special expertise in understanding this problem in its many diverse forms. She is especially skilled in using theory and research to provide effective evidence-based treatment, especially for patients whose symptoms have severe adverse effects on their everyday functioning. Her astute observations are evident in this important book. —Gail Steketee, Professor Emerita, Boston University

This book, written by an OCD expert with decades of experience, will be a valuable addition to any clinician’s library. Leslie Shapiro has worked with patients with severe OCD in a residential setting at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital since its inception, and her sharing her insights garnered during her career is an invaluable addition to the field. If one wishes to go beyond the standard treatment guidelines towards even more “real world” experience, this is the book for you! —Darin D. Dougherty, MD, MMSc, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Health and Psychology Sourcebooks

Health and Psychology Sourcebooks address physical, psychological, and environmental conditions that threaten human health and well-being. Each volume presents a topic in health or psychology and explains its symptoms, diagnosis, incidence, development, causes, treatments, and related theory. Up Close vignettes illustrate how the disease or disorder manifests in specific people and scenarios. Historical and emerging research as well as controversies are also discussed. Each volume offers a glossary of terms, resources, and sources for further reading. The books are designed to accessibly and reliably fulfill the needs of students and researchers at community and undergraduate college levels.
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