Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Authors: Dr Frederick Toates, Dr Olga Coschug-Toates
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a debilitating condition in which unwanted and intrusive thoughts (and accompanying compulsive behaviour) prevent you from living a fulfilling and healthy life. Dr Frederick Toates, an eminent psychologist and a long-term sufferer from OCD who has managed to control the damaging aspects of this depressing condition, gives professional analysis and personal insights into both obsessional thoughts and obsessional behaviour. This book tells you all you need to know about OCD and gives sound, practical advice on how to control it.
“…helpful both to those who suffer from the condition and those who wish to help, but struggle to understand”
Joan Bond, Director, TOP U.K.
“Dr Toates writes a remarkable book form the unique perspective of a psychologist and sufferer of the condition he writes about. A must read for anyone affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.”
Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD-UK
About the Authors:
Dr Frederick Toates DPhil, DSc is Reader in Psychobiology at the Open University and has previously lectured at the University of Central Lancashire and Odense University, Denmark. He is a long-time suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder. His current research interests include the motivation and control of behaviour. He is the author of the textbook Biological Psychology: An Integrative Approach.
Dr Olga Coschug-Toates PhD is married to Frederick Toates. A physicist by training, she works as a medical translator and interpreter.
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
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