Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders:

A Complete Guide to

Getting Well and Staying Well

 By Fred Penzel, Ph.D.


Englischsprachiges Ratgeberbuch des US-amerikanischen Psychologen Fred Penzel. Bezieht sich nicht nur auf Dermatillomanie, sondern auch auf Trichotillomanie und andere Störungsbilder.


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1 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders - What They Are


The Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum

Body Dysmorphic Disorder                                                       


Impulsive Skin Picking and Nail Biting                                

Incidence of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (OCDs)


2 Behavioral Therapy: A Treatment That Works 



Cognitive Therapy

Behavioral Therapy

Therapy, and the Therapist, and My Feelings

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy  A Time  Frame                                             

Inpatient or Outpatient Therapy

No Adverse Effects

Knowing When You Need  Therapy

Recovery with Behavioral Therapy Alone

Compulsions, Obsessions and Behavioral Therapy

Only Commitment Brings Success

Using Medication with Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy Can Help Biological Problems


3 Self-Help for OCSDs


Self-Help for OCD

Relapse Prevention                                                                                

Self-Help Steps for BDD                                                    

Self-Help for TTM

Self-Help for Skin Picking and Nail Biting


 4 Getting Proper Medical Treatment


Medication as Part of Treatment  

Medications Used to Treat OCSDs 

Prescribing Medications for OCSDs

Getting Started with Medications

Everything Works for Somebody, Nothing Works for Everybody          

The Best Medication for You

How to Tell When Medication is Working

Long Term Medication and Side Effects 

OCSDs, Medication and Pregnancy

Side Effects & What Can Be Done About Them

OCSD Medications and Addiction

Getting Well Using Medication Alone

Medications Can Occasionally Stop Working

If Medications Don't  Work

Discontinuing Medication Once Symptoms Improve Electroshock Therapy

Special Diets or Supplements

When You Can't Afford Medication


 5 OCSDs and Children




6 OCSDs and Other People In Your Life


The People Close to You:  Help or Hindrance

If the OCSD Sufferer Refuses Help


7 Recovery and Acceptance


Recovery and Relapse


Defining Acceptance

The Effects of Nonacceptance

Acceptance, OCSDs, and Treatment

The Five Acceptances


 8 Different Forms Obsessions Can Take


Morbid Obsessions About Sex or Harm

Contamination Obsessions

Religious Obsessions

Obsessions of Harm, Danger, Loss, or Embarrassment

Superstitious or Magical Obsessions

Body-Focused Obsessions

Perfectionistic Obsessions

Neutral Obsessions                                                                                


9 Different Forms Compulsions Can Take


Decontamination Compulsions                                                                      

Fears of Contamination:  Source Unknown                              

Fear of Contaminating Others                                                  

Other Persons as Contaminators                                                  

Family Members and "The Rules"                                        

Hoarding Compulsions                                                                                

Checking Compulsions                                                                                

Checkers Checking Themselves                                                  

Other Types of Checking                                                  

Checking Can Get Serious                                                  

"Seeing" or "Hearing" Things                                                  

Checking Things Out of Curiosity                                        

When a Checker is Unable to Check Something                              

Magical/Undoing Compulsions                                               Magic                                                                                



Perfectionistic Compulsions 


Touching or Movement







10 OCSD Or Not


Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder



11 Accompaniments to OCSDs





Anger and Aggressive Behavior                                                                      



Procrastination and Slowness


12 Causes and Contributing Factors of OCSDs


Serotonergic Theory of OCD

What Happens Within the Brain to Cause the Symptoms of OCD                              

Brain Illness or Injury

Taking Illegal Drugs

Developing OCD During or After Pregnancy

Heredity and OCSDs

OCSDs, Stress and Stressful Events

Habits, Learning, and Developing OCSDs

Upbringing and OCSDs

Allergies and OCSDs

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Classic OCD


13 Finding Resources and Getting Help

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