Impact of COVID-19 on Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Present and Post-Pandemic Considerations
Dear Dr. DeLisi,
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an impairing psychiatric condition characterized by presence of obsessions and/or compulsions (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Patients present with symptoms spanning several dimensions, including contamination/cleaning, checking, taboo obsessions (i.e., sexual, aggressive content), and symmetry/repeating/ordering. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with OCD has been discussed related to symptom exacerbation, increased incidence of OCD cases, and with implications for assessment and treatment (e.g., Krompinger et al., 2020). However, there has been little attention on the impact of COVID-19 on during- and post-pandemic treatment of OCD.
Storch, Eric A.; Schneider, Sophie C.; Guzick, Andrew; McKay, Dean; and Goodman, Wayne K., "Impact of COVID-19 on Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Present and Post-Pandemic Considerations" (2020). Covid-19 Digital Research. 8.