Introduction/Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Hidden Epidemic




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This supplement arises from a breakfast symposium series titled “OCD: New Perspectives and Practical Management” that took place at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in May 1996. It presents an overview of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and examples of related spectrum disorders and reviews some recent research being done in pharmacologic and behavior therapy, the two most successful types of therapy for OCD. In the papers that follow, Sasson and colleagues present a world view of OCD; Christopher J. McDougle discusses pharmacologic treatment of refractory OCD; Flament and Bisserbe review some recent studies comparing SRI therapies; and Baer and Greist discuss the use of behavioral therapy in OCD patients, including an innovative patient-initiated, telephone voice-activated behavior therapy program.

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(suppl 12):3–6