Clinical comparison of Tourette's disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder

R. K. Pitman, R. C. Green, M. A. Jenike, M. M. Mesulam

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Abstract

The authors report on 16 outpatients with Tourette's disorder, 16 outpatients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and 16 normal control subjects who underwent structured interviews and psychological testing. Previous findings of a high incidence of obsessive-compulsive disorder in patients with Tourette's disorder were confirmed. There was a significantly greater incidence of tics in the patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder and their relatives. Both patient groups had high rates of unipolar depressive and generalized anxiety disorders. Panic and phobic disorders were frequent in the patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder but not in the patients with Tourette's disorder. The patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder showed less coprolalia, echo phenomena, self-destructive behavior, and childhood attention deficit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1166-1171
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume144
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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