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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

As many as 1 in 30 adults and 1 in 100 children currently suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is much more common than was previously thought, with up to 2 million people being affected in the UK. Sufferers experience intrusive thoughts and anxieties resulting in compulsive behaviour that can seem bizarre to those that have no experience of the disorder. Why would someone feel compelled to touch the four walls of a room in a clockwise fashion as soon as he enters it? Why would someone look at an object 3 times with his right eye, followed by his left eye?OCD sufferers are aware that these rituals are excessive and irrational, but they cannot control their behaviour. They are plagued by intrusive thoughts that they cannot banish from their mind and are often tormented by these thoughts which they find profoundly disgusting or upsetting. The cause of OCD is still not known, but it does appear to run in families and can occur together with other disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and Tourette s syndrome.Dr Frederick Toates, an experimental psychologist relates his own experiences of obsessional neurosis and his successful quest for a cure in th
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Autobiographical sketch 1 Home in Histon; 2 Leaving School; 3 Student Life; 4 Denmark almost heaven; 5 Signs of trouble ahead; 6 Decline; 7 Getting back to normal; 8 Misplaced complacency; 9 Never get complacent; 10 Going public.; Part 2 What is obsessional disorder and what can be done about it; 11 The nature of the problem; 12 Overlap and confusion with other conditions; 13 Who develops the disorder and what is it like for them; 14 Professional help; 15 Self help what to do and what not to do; 16 Trying to solve the puzzle; 17 Some famous thoughts; 18 Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Frederick Toates is a distinguished psychologist and Reader in Psychobiology at the Open University in the UK. He is the author of several books including Biological Psychology: an integrative approach. He suffered from OCD for many years, before overcoming it by means of the approach explained and made simple in this book.


"A well-written, enjoyable and thought-provoking book" British Journal of Clinical Psychology

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