Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Pharmacologic Approaches

  • Thomas R. Insel
  • Edward A. Mueller


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) presents in several different forms. Patients with OCD may complain primarily of intrusive thoughts (i.e. obsessions) or primarily of behavioral rituals (i.e. compulsions). While the behavioral techniques of exposure and response prevention may be very helpful to patients with rituals and particularly to those with “avoidant” behavior, there are many obsessionals for whom behavior treatment may not suffice. These include patients who will not comply with the exposure and response prevention techniques, patients with severe secondary depressions, and patients with primarily obsessional and not “avoidant” complaints. For such patients, pharmacotherapy may be essential.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Growth Hormone Response Intrusive Thought Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Patient 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas R. Insel
    • 1
  • Edward A. Mueller
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Neuropharmacology BranchNational Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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