Other Biological Approaches to OCD

Nicole C. R. McLaughlin and Benjamin D. Greenberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376210
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940561 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Other Biological Approaches to OCD

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Interest in psychiatric neurosurgery has waxed and waned since the 1930s. This chapter reviews the history of these methods, with a focus on OCD. This review of lesion procedures and deep brain stimulation includes neuropsychological and neuroimaging research in the context of putative neurocircuitry underlying symptoms and response to treatment. The chapter highlights how an abundance of caution is needed, as well as key issues in long-term management of patients so treated.

Keywords: obsessive compulsive disorder; deep brain stimulation; cingulotomy; capsulotomy; leucotomy; tractotomy; psychiatric neurosurgery

Article.  11153 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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