Impulsiveness in obsessive-compulsive patients

R. Hoehn Saric, V. C. Barksdale

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Obsessive-compulsive patients with a history of poor impulse control were identified and compared with non-impulsive obsessive-compulsive patients. Although both groups reported comparable obsessive-compulsive symptoms, the impulsive group rated significantly higher on disturbances during childhood, which included learning problems, low frustration tolerance, poor interpersonal relationships and attention-seeking behaviour. The impulsive group also scored highly on the neuroticism scale of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire and reported a higher incidence of somatic symptoms. It appears that poor impulse control was related to disturbances which had already manifested themselves during childhood, while the obsessive-compulsive disorder was superimposed at a later time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-182
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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