New treatment models for compulsive disorders

Jon E. Grant, Naomi Fineberg, Michael van Ameringen, Danielle Cath, Henny Visser, Lior Carmi, Stefano Pallanti, Eric Hollander, Anton J.L.M. van Balkom

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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, tic disorder, and trichotillomania are all common and often debilitating. Although treatments are available, more effective approaches to these problems are needed. Thus this review article presents what is currently known about OCD and related disorders and suggests that understanding OCD more broadly as a compulsive disorder may allow for more effective treatment options. Toward that goal, the review presents new models of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, as well as new brain stimulation strategies. Treatment advances, grounded in the neuroscience, have promise in advancing treatment response for OCD as well as other disorders of compulsivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-884
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Neuropsychopharmacology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Compulsivity
  • Obsession
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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