- Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complex psychiatric disorder characterised by obsessions and/or compulsions.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder has a relatively high prevalence and is a highly disabling disease. The disorder is associated with shame, which causes long delays in accessing treatment.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder is caused by a complex interplay between genetic and environmental factors.
- Effective treatments exist in the form of either pharmacotherapy – clomipramine or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – or cognitive behaviour therapy.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008;152:2325-9