Specificity of neuropsychological impairment in obsessive-compulsive disorder: A comparison with social phobic and normal control subjects

Lisa J. Cohen, Eric Hollander, Concetta M. DeCaria, Dan J. Stein, Daphne Simeon, Michael R. Liebowitz, Bonnie R. Aronowitz

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Specificity of neuropsychological dysfunction in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was assessed by comparing neuropsychological performance in 65 OCD patients, 17 social phobic patients, and 32 normal control subjects. Although both patient groups showed visual constructional impairment relative to normal subjects, only patients with social phobia showed executive dysfunction. Non-concurrent state anxiety did not correlate with neuropsychological performance. Among anxiety disorders, neuropsychological dysfunction may not be specific to OCD, but the functions implicated may differ across patient groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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