• The Etiology of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    OCD coverAs I have posted about previously, this past spring saw the release of my fifth book, an edited volume titled Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Etiology, Phenomenology, and Treatment. I was recently asked to give a talk about one of the chapters, which covers an evolutionarily-informed biopsychosocial model for why certain people (and we as a species) have OCD.

    Briefly, I cover what we know about psychological (behavioral, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral), biological (genetics, neurotransmitters, and brain structure), and evolutionary causal factors for OCD. I also illustrate each one of these levels using a case study, and then tie them all together (using the same case study to illustrate a comprehensive etiological model).

    It is presented below for your viewing pleasure.

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    Article by: Caleb Lack

    Caleb Lack is the author of "Great Plains Skeptic" on SIN, as well as a clinical psychologist, professor, and researcher. His website contains many more exciting details, visit it at www.caleblack.com
    • Good talk, Caleb. Interesting stuff.

      • Thanks, Ed. It’s really the first (as far as I can see) model that effectively combines them, rather than just talking about them individually (especially with the evo stuff).