Dr. Simpson shares which illnesses are associated with obsessive compulsive disorder/OCD.
The other illnesses associated with OCD for women include depression, which is very common. Maybe as many as 60% of people with OCD will have concomitant depression, either at the time they present, or at sometime in their life. It’s also very common to have other anxiety disorders, things like panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and depression and these other anxiety disorders are already common in women, so we often see them together.
There’s another set of disorders that often go along with OCD, more typically seen in men though. Attention deficit disorder and tic disorders, and then there’s a group of illnesses called the OCD spectrum disorders. These are things like trichotillomania, pulling out the hair, there are things like skin-picking, excessive skin-picking or nail-biting. I would even put in that OCD spectrum, sometimes people would talk about anorexia nervosa or bulimia and particularly anorexia nervosa, there is a comorbidity between those and OCD, and since the anorexia nervosa is so common in women, that’s another thing to be thinking about.
About Dr. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.:
Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., an expert on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, New York City, where she directs the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and OCD Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She was a member of the work group that developed the first “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With OCD” for the American Psychiatric Association.
Through her research, Dr. Simpson is working to trace the brain circuits believed to play a major role in the development of obsessions and compulsions, and she has developed novel approaches to treatment. Her research has been supported by a NARSAD Young Investigator grant.