Visit one of the following valuable and informative websites for more information about OCD or Trichotillomania :

www.ocfoundation.org  -  Website of the Obsessive-Compulsive
                                                                                Foundation

www.trich.org  -  Website of theTrichotillomania Learning Center
                                                            (includes skin picking and nail biting)

You may also be interested in
Dr. Penzel's newest self-help guide:

"The Hair Pulling Problem:
A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania"

Now available in stores and online
Find out more about it at www.trichbook.com
Visit Dr. Penzel's clinic website, www.wsps.info   where  you can view and download articles on OCD, Trichotillomania, BDD, skin picking, and nailbiting.  There are also extensive lists of publications relating to these disorders, information on how to obtain free medication, as well as links to internet resources.
About the Author

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has been dedicated to the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders since 1982.  He is a frequent contributor to the newsletters of both the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center, and sits on the Science Advisory Boards of both organizations.  He is the Executive Director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services, a full service clinic specializing in the treatment of neurobiological disorders, located in Huntington, New York. 
Dr. Penzel lectures both nationally and internationally.



Dr. Penzel can be contacted at his clinic at:

755 New York Avenue - Suite 200
Huntington, New York 11743

or via e-mail at:


          "Dr. Penzel's book is a comprehensive, scholarly, yet highly readable resource on treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and its spectrum disorders, as well as a labor of love.  Fred Penzel, Ph.D. is one of the most experienced psychologists and behavior therapists treating obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSD's) today. ... Penzel chooses to focus on OCD and four disorders considered in the field to be part of the OCD spectrum.  He aims to reach as many sufferers of OCD, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) (Imagined ugliness), trichotillomania (TTM) (compulsive hair-pulling), compulsive skin picking, and nail biting as possible, with practical tools, in order to provide hope and a path to recovery. ... He shares tried and true ways of communicating the rationale for treatment, how behavior therapy works, how to motivate individuals to undertake treatment, how to recognize the effectiveness of treatment, and how to prevent relapse.  He comes up with gems. ... Dr. Penzel's 18 years of experience are clearly demonstrated in his creative and plentiful examples of how to approach obsessions, compulsions, and impulsions. ... There is an outstanding chapter on the biological and environmental causes of and contributing factors to OCSD's.  ... If you are a sufferer of OCSD's or a clinician, I  believe you will find this book enlightening, uplifting, and potentially life changing."

- Patricia Perrin, Ph.D., Psycholgist, review published in the         OC Foundation newsletter, Fall 2000 edition

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDERS:

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GETTING WELL AND STAYING WELL


By Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

(Published by the Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-514092-3)

This page was last updated on: March 28, 2004

Dr. Fred Penzel,  a psychologist with over twenty-one years experience in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, has written a book to help sufferers, their families, and those who would help them.  In his book, Dr. Penzel discusses the entire spectrum of these disorders, from the classic form characterized by intrusive, repetitive, and often unpleasant thoughts, to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (imagined ugliness), Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), Compulsive Skin Picking, and Compulsive Nail BitingDr. Penzel takes his readers through each step of the most effective behavioral therapies, detailing how progress made and how to avoid relapse. He also offers a completely up-to-date discussion of medication - how medication is used as part of the overall treatment, its effect on pregnancy, how to choose the best medication, and how to deal with side effects.  In addition, Dr. Penzel  discusses the treatment of children with these disorders, offers helpful advice for the families of sufferers, and lists sources of help and information (including the latest sites on the internet.  The book also includes a useful appendix that features symptom checklists for each of the OC Spectrum disorders, the DSM-IV diagnostic descriptions, a reading list, and a glossary.

          OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDERS is the most complete guide ever written about this family of perplexing problems. Its practical, accurate, and up-to-the-minute information gives those with OC Disorders all they need to know to get well and stay well.
AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE !
          "Working in the vastly under-recognized and misunderstood arena of the Body-Focused Disorders... I am deeply pleased to see Dr. Penzel's book go to press.  It will be a turning point for many, not only the sufferers of these OCD spectrum conditions, but for the therapeutic professionals that struggle to heal them.  Its' clarity, applicability and compassion are a refreshing approach to disorders that have caused such depth of suffering few can imagine.  In my own life, if I had access to this book many years ago, it well could have helped me realize my teenage goals of becoming a doctor, instead of dropping out and hiding from society, desolately trapped within a prison with bars forged of compulsion."

- Christina Pearson, Founder and Executive Director of                  the Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc.
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          "Dr. Penzel is a colleague whose work I have appreciated for almost two decades. Dr. Penzel is always willing to help patients in need and will go the extra mile, and I often refer patients to him knowing that they will get excellent care. This book represents a comprehensive summary of OCD and related disorders.  Topics include modern treatment aspects as well as discussions of biology, genetics, coping with these disorders, recovery and acceptance, family issues, rating scales, and many other pertinent subjects.  Since Dr. Penzel is a very experienced behavior therapist, this part of the book will be exceedingly helpful to patients and their families.  I highly recommend this book to patients and their family members, and professionals who do not have Dr. Penzel's vast experience will find his discussions and recommendations useful as well."

- Michael A. Jenike, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard
          Medical School, and Chair, Scientific Advisory Board,                               
          Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
          "Dr. Penzel has suceeded in producing a near-encyclopedic book for the sufferers of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, which is at the same time easily read and understood.  Nowhere else can a sufferer find the breadth and depth of information on all these various disorders - with enough self-help information included to guide those interested in this approach -in a volume free of technical jargon.  Dr. Penzel is a masterful clinician, and he succeeds in conveying his concern and optimism to his readers.  Highly recommended."

- Lee Baer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology,                   Harvard Medical School, Member of Science Advisory              Board, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, author of                "Getting Control" and "The Imp of the Mind"
About the Author

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has been dedicated to the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders since 1982.  He is a frequent contributor to the newsletters of both the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and the Trichotillomania Learning Center, and sits on the Science Advisory Boards of both organizations.  He is the Executive Director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services, a full service clinic specializing in the treatment of neurobiological disorders, located in Huntington, New York. 
Dr. Penzel lectures both nationally and internationally.



Dr. Penzel can be contacted at his clinic at:

755 New York Avenue - Suite 200
Huntington, New York 11743

or via e-mail at:


Hear what others have to say
about Dr. Penzel's book:
          "Penzel brings to his readers, both professional and lay, the same imaginative and effective forms of therapy that he's used in his practice for years.  If you can't be treated by Dr. Penzel, the next best thing is to read his book."

- Patricia Perkins-Doyle, Executive Director of the
          Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
          "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders is the most comprehensive, yet highly readable book out yet on the group of tormenting disorders that includes OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania, skin picking, and nail biting.  These disorders are dealt with collectively, chapter by chapter, as theory, psychotherapy, medications, childhood cases, family involvement, self-help, and recovery are discussed.  The richly detailed material on behavior therapy for the OCDs is worth the price of the book itself.... This book will be treasured by professionals and patients alike, all those who want a comprehensive, clinically-oriented resource on OCD and OCD-like disorders.  A terrific achievement."

- Ian Osborn, M.D., author of "Tormenting Thoughts and                                          
                    Secret Rituals"
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Visit Dr. Penzel's clinic website, www.wsps.info   where  you can view and download articles on OCD, Trichotillomania, BDD, skin picking, and nailbiting.  There are also extensive lists of publications relating to these disorders, information on how to obtain free medication, as well as links to internet resources.
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          "For families and consumers seeking a balanced and comprehensive overview of the group of disorders known as obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSDs), including diagnosis and treatment (usually consisting of a combination of medication and behavioral therapy), this is an excellent book."

- Dick Rowson, National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI)              Literature Committee -  Book review
You may also be interested in
Dr. Penzel's newest self-help guide:

"The Hair Pulling Problem:
A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania"

Now available in stores and online
Find out more about it at www.trichbook.com
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Visit one of the following valuable and informative websites for more information about OCD or Trichotillomania :

www.ocfoundation.org  -  Website of the Obsessive-Compulsive
                                                                                Foundation

www.trich.org  -  Website of theTrichotillomania Learning Center
                                                            (includes skin picking and nail biting)