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Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Reasoning Processes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders



Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Reasoning Processes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders

Kieron O'Connor, Frederick Aardema, Marie-Claude Pélissier

ISBN: 978-0-470-86878-2 June 2005 320 Pages

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Traditionally, obsessive-compulsive disorder has been classified as an anxiety disorder, but there is increasing evidence that it has schizotypal features ? in other words it is a belief disorder. This book describes the ways in which reasoning can be applied to OCD for effective treatment regimes. It moves comprehensively through theoretical, experimental, clinical and treatment aspects of reasoning research, and contains a detailed treatment manual of great value to practitioners, including assessment and treatment protocols and case studies
About the Authors.


Foreword by Paul M.G. Emmelkamp.


1 Cognitive Approaches to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Overview.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Cognitive Approaches to OCD.

Intrusions and Inferences in OCD.

Phobic and Non-Phobic Models of Development in OCD.

Treatment Considerations.


2 Reasoning in Everyday Life.

Formal Logic and Informal Thinking.

Making Sense of the Senses.

3 Reasoning and Narrative.

Conversation and Conviction.

Inference and Imagination.


4 Reasoning and Psychopathology.

Reasoning in Clinical Populations.

Reasoning Therapy.

General Conclusion.

5 An Inference-Based Approach to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Clinical and Phenomenological Investigations into Inferential Confusion.

Critical Concepts in an Inference-Based Model.

Psychometric Measurement of Inferential Confusion.

Experimental Studies of Inferential Confusion.

Clinical Trials of an Inference-Based Approach to Therapy (IBA).


6 Using the IBA Treatment Manual.

Introduction to Treatment.

Step-by-Step Program.

Common Queries from Clients.

Troubleshooting Guide.

Case Studies.

7 Future Directions.

IBA and Other Cognitive Therapy.

Future Development in IBA.

A Final Comment.

Appendix 1: Overview of Our Treatment Program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Appendix 2: Worksheets, Exercise Sheets and Training Cards.

Appendix 3.

Appendix 4.