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Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 92) Last page : ( 97)
Print ISSN : 2394-2053. Online ISSN : 2394-2061.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2394-2061.2018.00029.0

An overview of obsessive compulsive disorder and suicidal behaviour

Singh Hemendra1,*, Kashyap Santhoshi2, Sivakanthan Archadhaa3

1MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

2MSc, Intern Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

3MBBS, Intern, Department of Psychiatry, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

*Correspondence: Dr. Hemendra Singh,  MD, Department of Psychiatry, MS Ramaiah Medical College, MSR Nagar, MSRIT Post, Bangalore-560054, Karnataka, India. hemendradoc2010@gmail.com

Online published on 18 July, 2018.

Abstract

Suicide is a major cause of mortality among patients with psychiatric illnesses. Most common cause of suicidal behaviour is affective and psychotic disorders. Very few studies had looked into the suicidal behaviour among patients with anxiety and related obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD). Patients with OCD are susceptible for suicidal behaviour if they have underlying comorbid depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, or personality traits. Current paper highlights the prevalence and clinical correlates of suicidal behaviour among patients with OCD. Future studies are required to look into the role of various other associated contributing factors for suicidal behaviour such as gender, family and past history of suicidal behaviour, duration of untreated OCD, various symptom dimensions of OCD, personality traits, and the presence of other comorbid disorders among patients with OCD. Hence, a comprehensive management plan is required for OCD patients while assessing for suicidal behaviour.

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Keywords

Psychotic Disorders. Anxiety. Depression.

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