Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, especially those diagnosed before age 18, are less likely to pass compulsory school tests or go on to higher education, compared with peers who don’t have the disorder, a large study found.


Despite a shared lack of inhibitory control, pooled data indicate significantly different patterns of brain abnormalities for each disorder, according to European researchers.

A randomized controlled trial involved 360 patients with OCD. They were divided into 3 groups, each receiving a different combination of treatment methods.

One or more obsessive-compulsive symptoms may increase the risk of suicide among U.S. college students, according to a new analysis.

In their population-based, longitudinal study, an OCD diagnosis was linked to a 12-fold higher risk for schizophrenia and 13-fold higher risk for bipolar and schizoaffective disorders.

Stephen Sobel, MD, and Charles Raison, MD, discuss how to approach treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).