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New Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Center

Kathryn Patricelli, MA was an editor with from 2004-2015. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services, and holds a Bachelor’s ...Read More

We are very pleased to announce that, following the release of the DSM-5, our previous Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder center has been completely redone to become the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders center.

According to the DSM-5, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders are a group of similar psychiatric disorders. These disorders are characterized by repetitive thoughts, distressing emotions, and compulsive behaviors. The specific types of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors vary according to each disorder. These disorders are:

1. obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD);
2. body dysmorphic disorder (BDD);
3. hoarding disorder;
4. hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania); and,
5. skin-picking disorder (excoriation).

The center now consists of 36 pages of material over 5 chapters including:

Introduction to Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders References

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