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Late-onset obsessive–compulsive disorder: the role of stressful life events

  • Latha Velayudhan (a1) and Anthony W. Katz (a2)

The onset of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) for the first time in old age is uncommon and has been mostly related to cerebral abnormalities. We report a case of late-onset OCD in a 77-year-old woman following stressful life events but with a normal cerebral structure. The contribution of life events and vulnerability factors on the genesis and the presentation of her illness are discussed in relation to the literature on OCD.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr Latha Velayudhan, Room No. 52, Outpatients Department, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ, U.K. Phone: +44 020 7919 2352; Fax: +44 020 7919 2353. Email:
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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
  • URL: /core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics
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