Author(s): Steketee G, Eisen J, Dyck I, Warshaw M, Rasmussen S
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Abstract Systematic studies of course of illness in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using standardized diagnostic criteria are relatively rare. In the present study, 100 patients diagnosed with OCD were prospectively followed for up to 5 years. Other comorbid conditions included anxiety disorders (76\%), major depressive disorder (33\%), and at least one personality disorder (33\%), mainly in the anxious cluster. Approximately 20\% of patients had full remission and 50\% had partial remission during follow-up. Significant predictors of partial remission included being married and having lower global severity scores at intake; the presence of major depression was marginally predictive of poorer course. Adequate serotonergic medication was associated with worse course, but findings are likely spurious. Only marital status and global severity were retained as predictors in a final regression model. Findings are discussed with regard to sample characteristics and similarity to other reports on predictors of course and of treatment outcome.
This article was published in Psychiatry Res
and referenced in International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology