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.


People with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who do not improve on antidepressants are more likely to respond to exposure and ritual prevention therapy than they are to an antipsychotic, according to the online JAMA Psychiatry.

SAN FRANCISCO—Ketamine can quickly alleviate symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in patients with constant intrusive thoughts, and the drug’s effects can last for one to two weeks in certain patients.