Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a relatively common psychological problem, whose symptoms may include repeated checking, excessive hand-washing or other cleaning rituals, extreme slowness, or unwanted, repugnant intrusive thoughts. In some, the disorder can seriously affect everyday life. In this book, the authors have drawn on their clinical and research experience to give a lucid account of the nature of obsessive-compulsive problems. The book is intended for those who have this disorder as well as their family and friends. It will also appeal to the general readers interested in finding out about the disorder. It gives up-to-date information about the nature, symptoms, causes and theories of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The book also discusses the treatments that are available, and provides valuable practical advice to those who may need help. Numerous case histories are given throughout the book, highlighting various aspects of the disorder and its treatment.