Psychiatry Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Stephen Soreff, MD


December 01, 2016

Although people with schizophrenia exhibit OCD symptoms relatively frequently, these individuals tend to respond poorly to the usual OCD treatments. In some cases, the OCD medication may actually increase symptoms in persons with schizophrenia. OCD in schizophrenia may have a different pathophysiology.

Common obsessions include the following:

  • Contamination

  • Safety

  • Doubting one's memory or perception

  • Scrupulosity

  • Need for order or symmetry

  • Unwanted, intrusive sexual/aggressive thoughts

  • Thoughts or fears of hurting loved ones

Common compulsions include the following:

  • Cleaning/washing

  • Checking (eg, safety of children)

  • Counting/repeating actions

  • Arranging objects

  • Touching/tapping objects

  • Hoarding

  • Confessing/seeking reassurance

  • List-making

For more on the presentation of OCD, read here.


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