Comparison of obsessions and compulsions in patients with anorexia nervosa and obsessive compulsive disorder.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Biological Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 9.47). 07/1996; 39(11):966-9. DOI: 10.1016/0006-3223(95)00306-1
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ABSTRACT Patients with anorexia nervosa (n = 18) and patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) (n = 16) had similar scores on the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (19 + or - 9 vs. 22 + or - 6). This suggests that these disorders have similar magnitude of impairment from obsessions and compulsions; however, OCD patients endorsed a wide variety of obsessions and compulsions, whereas anorexics tended to endorse symptoms that were related to symmetry and order.

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