Obsessive-compulsive disorder in childhood and adolescence

S. Presta, Donatella Marazziti, L. Dell'Osso, C. Pfanner, P. Pfanner, M. Marcheschi, G. Masi, F. Muratori, M. Mucci, S. Millepiedi, G. B. Cassano

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychiatric condition during childhood and adolescence, which continues to be underestimated and undertreated. For these reasons, it constitutes a primary cause of major disabilities in those ages and, sometimes, of permanent impairments later on. In these last few years, childhood and adolescence OCD has attracted an increasing focus which has promoted a deeper awareness of this illness, a better recognition with earlier interventions, as well as the set-up of more tailored and specific strategies, including psychotropic drugs. The aim of this paper is to present a critical review of paediatric OCD, with a special attention towards the most compelling reports available up to now and towards the most interesting areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Adolescence
  • Childhood
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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