Traditionally, impulsive and compulsive behaviors have been categorized as fundamentally distinct. However, patients often exhibit both of these behaviors. This common comorbidity has sparked renewed interest in the factors contributing to the disorders in which these behaviors are prominent. Impulsivity and Compulsivity applies a provocative spectrum model to this psychopathology. The spectrum model is consistent with a dimensional model for psychopathology and considers the dynamic interaction of biopsychosocial forces in the development of impulsive and compulsive disorders.
In this important work on impulsive/compulsive psychopathology, leading researchers and clinicians share their expertise on the phenomenological, biological, psychodynamic, and treatment aspects of these disorders. Differential diagnosis, comorbidity of the impulsive-compulsive spectrum of disorders, and assessment by the seven-factor model of temperament and character are discussed. Chapters are also dedicated to the antianxiety function of impulsivity and compulsivity, defense mechanisms in impulsive disorders versus obsessive-compulsive disorders, and the unique aspects of psychotherapy with impulsive and compulsive patients.
Clinical researchers and clinicians will be enlightened by this exceptional work. The information provided is supplemented with clinical vignettes, and the final chapter provides a synthetic summary that offers a unified, dynamic approach to impulsive and compulsive behavior.
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 229 x 150 x 28 mm
"They summarize in these ten chapters an impressive body of clinical research and treatment data backed up with extensive references that richly explore the disorders of impulsive and compulsive thought and behavior and those symptoms that have characteristics of both."-- "American Journal of Psychotherapy"
"The editors and contributors to this thought-provoking volume are to be congratulated for assembling a diverse body of work ranging from cognitive science to psychopharmacology and relating it to the dimensions of impulsive and compulsive behavior."-- "American Journal of Psychiatry"
"[The] editorial teamwork for this spectrum of disorders provides a comprehensive and enlightening understanding for what almost all of us in psychiatry deal with daily... The reader's responsibility in an outstanding work such as this is to actively integrate the entire material rather than turning only to the segment matching a favorite and familiar perspective or theory."-- "Psychiatric Times"