Symptom subtype and quality of life in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Carly M. Schwartzman, Christina Lynn Boisseau*, Nicholas J. Sibrava, Maria C. Mancebo, Jane L. Eisen, Steven A. Rasmussen

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Quality of life (QoL) is significantly impaired in OCD across several facets of life, such as social, occupational, and family functioning, subjective sense of well-being, and enjoyment of leisure activities. The present study examined the relationship between 5 symptom subtypes of OCD (contamination, symmetry, hoarding, overresponsibility for harm, and taboo) and QoL. Participants were 325 adults with OCD enrolled in the Brown Longitudinal Obsessive Compulsive Study. Hierarchical linear regression analyses indicated hoarding, contamination, symmetry, and overresponsibility for harm were associated with impairment in household functioning, enjoyment of leisure activities, social relationships, and physical health. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Functioning
  • Impairment
  • Severity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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