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

  • Latha Velayudhan (a1) and Anthony W. Katz (a2)
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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: Latha.Velayudhan@iop.kcl.ac.uk.
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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
  • URL: /core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics
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