Obsessive-compulsive disorder in pregnancy, the puerperium, and the premenstruum.

  title={Obsessive-compulsive disorder in pregnancy, the puerperium, and the premenstruum.},
  author={Katherine Williams and Lorrin Michael Koran},
  journal={The Journal of clinical psychiatry},
  volume={58 7},
  pages={330-4; quiz 335-6}
BACKGROUND Recent reports suggest that pregnancy and the puerperium may precipitate or exacerbate obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The influence of this illness on other reproductive events, such as the premenstruum, is unknown. We examined retrospectively the relationships of pregnancy, the puerperium, and premenstruum to the course of OCD in 57 women. METHOD Women outpatients with OCD meeting DSM-III-R criteria completed a standardized telephone interview administered by a psychiatric… CONTINUE READING