Journal article

Obsessive-compulsive spectrum of disorders: a defensible construct?

DJ Castle, KA Phillips

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore critically whether there is a robust basis for the concept of an obsessive-compulsive (OC) spectrum of disorders, and if so, which disorders should be included. METHOD: Selective literature review concentrating on three proposed members of the OC spectrum, namely body dysmorphic disorder, hypochondriasis and trichotillomania. RESULTS: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) itself is a heterogeneous condition or group of conditions, and this needs to be appreciated in any articulation of a 'spectrum' of OC disorders. The basis for 'membership' of the spectrum is inconsistent and varied, with varying level of support for inclusion in the putative spectrum. CONCLUSION: A more..

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