Obsessive—Compulsive Disorder: A Primer for Sufferers, Their Families, and Health Professionals

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1217–1218. Reviews the book, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Facts by Padmal de Silva and Stanley Rachman (1992). Recent figures indicate that about one to three percent of the general population suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at some point in their lives, which means that this anxiety disorder is much more common than had previously been assumed. This compact book was written for persons with OCD and their families and friends. Accordingly, the authors avoided the use of unnecessary jargon that would have only intimidated or put off the nonprofessional reader. Yet this popular psychology book provides more detailed and scholarly information than one might suspect and would ordinarily find in a book of this nature. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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