Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a sample of Iranian patients

Habibollah Ghassemzadeh, Ramin Mojtabai, Akram Khamseh, Nargess Ebrahimkhani, Arab Ali Issazadegan, Zahra Saif-Nobakht

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Background: Characteristic features of the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occur with remarkable consistency in different cultural settings. The content of symptoms, however, seems to vary across cultures. Aims: To examine the content of symptoms in a sample of OCD patients from Iran. Methods: In a sample of 135 patients recruited from three treatment settings the prevalence of symptoms with different contents were ranked and compared across genders. Results: Doubts and indecisiveness were the most common obsessions and washing the most common compulsion for the whole sample. Fears of impurity and contamination, obsessive thoughts about self-impurity and washing compulsions were more common in women, whereas blasphemous thoughts and orderliness compulsions were more common in men. Conclusions: With minor differences, the pattern of symptoms with various contents in this sample was similar to that in Western settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Volume48
Issue number1
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StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Ghassemzadeh, H., Mojtabai, R., Khamseh, A., Ebrahimkhani, N., Issazadegan, A. A., & Saif-Nobakht, Z. (2002). Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a sample of Iranian patients. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 48(1), 20-28. https://doi.org/10.1177/002076402128783055

Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a sample of Iranian patients. / Ghassemzadeh, Habibollah; Mojtabai, Ramin; Khamseh, Akram; Ebrahimkhani, Nargess; Issazadegan, Arab Ali; Saif-Nobakht, Zahra.

In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2002, p. 20-28.

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Ghassemzadeh, H, Mojtabai, R, Khamseh, A, Ebrahimkhani, N, Issazadegan, AA & Saif-Nobakht, Z 2002, 'Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a sample of Iranian patients', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 20-28. https://doi.org/10.1177/002076402128783055
Ghassemzadeh, Habibollah ; Mojtabai, Ramin ; Khamseh, Akram ; Ebrahimkhani, Nargess ; Issazadegan, Arab Ali ; Saif-Nobakht, Zahra. / Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a sample of Iranian patients. In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2002 ; Vol. 48, No. 1. pp. 20-28.
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