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Using Functional Behavioral Assessment to Study the Effects of Citalopram on the Obsessive-Compulsive Verbalizations of a Woman

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2008;10(1):73-74 [letter]

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Sir: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive thoughts and/or ritualistic behaviors.1 Approximately 2% to 3% of the general population is diagnosed with OCD, with children more likely to be diagnosed than adults.2 People with OCD often experience diminished functioning in school, work, or community contexts, particularly in relation to social relationships.

One common observation made by investigators studying OCD is that behaviors associated with this disorder are often exacerbated by stressful social situations.3