The chicken or the egg: What drives OCD?

Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, pp. 9-12, 2016.

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)HabitsExecutive functionsGoal-directed

Abstract:

The prevailing conceptual model for Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) posits that obsessions drive compulsive rituals that serve to control or reduce obsessional distress. In recent years, an alternative hypothesis to explain the symptoms of OCD was suggested — the 'habit-driven’ hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, compulsions are...More

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