Talk:Obsessive–compulsive disorder

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Inaccurate history of OCD is presented[edit]

The article neglects to mention that the first clinical description of OCD was by Abu Zayd al-Balkhi in the 9th century work Sustenance of the Body and Soul.

For details, see "Obsessional Disorders in al-Balkhi′s 9th century treatise: Sustenance of the Body and Soul" published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, Volume 180, 15 July 2015, Pages 185-189.

I am including the abstract below:

Morbid fears and phobias have been mentioned in religious, philosophical and medical manuscripts since ancient times. Despite early insights by the Greeks, phobias did not appear as a separate clinical phenomenon in Western medicine until the 17th century and has evolved substantially since. However, robust investigations attempting to decipher the clinical nature of phobias emerged in pre-modern times during the oft-overlooked Islamic Golden Era (9th–12th centuries); which overlapped with Europe’s medieval period. An innovative attempt was made by the 9th century Muslim scholar, Abu Zayd al-Balkhi, in his medical manuscript “Sustenance of the Body and Soul,” to define phobias as a separate diagnostic entity. Al-Balkhi was one of the earliest to cluster psychological and physical symptoms of phobias under one category, “al-Fazaá”, and outline a specific management plan. We analyze al-Balkhi’s description of phobias, according to the modern understanding of psychiatric classifications and symptomatology as described in the DSM-5.

Semi-protected edit request on 25 March 2022[edit]


I was hoping to add the following citation under "causes" - "drug induced OCD" in the citation needed portion of the page.[1] I'm a medical librarian enrolled in the NLM course Wikipedia + Libraries. This is my first edit request on Wikipedia. I'm passionate about all things related to mental health, and I hope to be able to edit this page in the future. Thank you for considering my request. Guacamolly87 (talk) 23:12, 25 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Welcome to Wikipedia Guacamolly87 :0) - It's great to have a medical librarian join our ranks! I will add DSM-5 as a reference in that section. // If you want to cite references on a talk page, this handy template—Template:Reflist-talk—places your references in a nicely bordered list. All the best - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) [he/him] 04:49, 26 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5 (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association. 2013. ISBN 978-0-89042-554-1. OCLC 830807378.

Semi-protected edit request on 21 April 2022[edit]

In the Management paragraph the two types of medications should be abbreviated as SSRI and SNRI instead of SRI and SSRI as these are incorrect. (talk) 22:00, 21 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 22:12, 21 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can someone remove the hell image? It can easily trigger compulsions for those suffering with OCD.[edit]

The image is under compulsions. (talk) 06:25, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wiki Education assignment: Technical and Scientific Communication[edit]

Sciences humaines.svg This article is currently the subject of a Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment, between 22 August 2022 and 9 December 2022. Further details are available on the course page. Student editor(s): Asollers.

— Assignment last updated by Asollers (talk) 14:27, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 28 September 2022[edit]

The line in the Associated conditions section which reads:

"It has been found that between 18-34% of females are currently experiencing or will experience OCD in their lifetime.[63] Of that 18-34%, 7% are likely to have an eating disorder.[63] Roughly 0-5% of males have OCD and an eating disorder.[63]"

is misrepresenting the results of the article it cites. Especially want to highlight how inaccurate the first sentence in this section is.

The more accurate way to say that is:

One study indicated that 12.7% of total participants (34% of all females in the study, 3.5% of all males in the study) who were diagnosed with OCD in childhood meet screening criteria of an eating disorder in a follow up study on average 5 years after OCD diagnosis [1]. Another study indicated 8.7% of female study participants with OCD (versus 1.3% in the control group) met probable ED diagnosis criteria via the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire coupled with behavioral characteristics [2]. No male study participants there met probable ED diagnosis criteria. [3]. (talk) 19:36, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]