Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders

Introduction to Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders

What is an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders are a group of similar psychiatric disorders characterized by repetitive thoughts, distressing emotions, and compulsive behaviors. The specific types of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors vary according to each disorder.
What is an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Research indicates that substance use disorders and OCD frequently occur together. Prevalence has been highlighted for alcohol, meth and cocaine.

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Some examples of these disorders include:

  1. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  2. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
  3. Hoarding disorder.
  4. Hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania).
  5. Skin-picking disorder (excoriation).

Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders — In The News
Scans May Spot People Who'll Benefit From Surgery for OCD Dec 23, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Though most patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successfully treated with medication and therapy, between 10 percent to 20 percent have a form of the illness that doesn't respond to standard care, experts say. However, patients with this so-called "refractory OCD"... Read More


People With OCD May Have Higher Odds for Schizophrenia: Study Sep 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may be at higher risk for schizophrenia, a new study suggests. Still, the findings shouldn't cause undue worry in people with OCD, one expert said. "In the general population, about 1 percent of people are diagnosed with... Read More


Most People Have Unwanted Thoughts, International Study Finds May 9, 2014

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Do you ever feel a bit tortured by the idea that you left the iron on or caught a dread disease in that dirty restroom? Ever have a random thought about hurting someone even though you're not a violent person? You're far... Read More


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OCD, Medical Professionals, And Stigma Apr 23, 2015

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OCD And Fear Of Treatment Mar 2, 2015

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