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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 324-328

Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Chronic Schizophrenia : A New Idea or an Old Belief?


1 IIIrd Year, Department of Psychiatry, L.T.M.G.H. & L.T.M.M.C., Sion, Mumbai-22, India
2 llnd year, Department of Psychiatry, L.T.M.G.H. & L.T.M.M.C., Sion, Mumbai-22, India
3 Ist year, Residents, Department of Psychiatry, L.T.M.G.H. & L.T.M.M.C., Sion, Mumbai-22, India
4 Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, L.T.M.G.H. & L.T.M.M.C., Sion, Mumbai-22, India

Correspondence Address:
Yogita Gore
llnd year, Department of Psychiatry, L.T.M.G.H. & L.T.M.M.C., Sion, Mumbai-22
India
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Obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms during the course of schizophrenia have been reported, yet the incidence and significance of this finding is still unclear. This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of OC symptoms among chronic schizophrenic patients and to systematically identify them. 101 patients satisfying DSM-IV diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia were assessed for OC symptoms. All patients were also rated on the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale for the severity of their symptoms. The study revealed that 26.7% of the chronic schizophrenic patients had significant OC symptoms with a high prevalence in the age group below 35 years. OC symptoms were more severe in patients with duration of illness more than 5 years. The OC symptoms were more prevalent among paranoid schizophrenics with the frequent obsessions being that of contamination, sexual and aggressive thoughts and frequent compulsion was need to ask or confess.



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