The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity

B. A. Fallon, M. R. Liebowitz, Eric Hollander, F. R. Schneier, R. B. Campeas, J. Fairbanks, L. A. Papp, J. A. Hatterer, D. Sandberg

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

33 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Moral or religious scrupulosity is a disabling condition which is sometimes seen in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors describe 10 patients with moral or religious scrupulosity who were treated with fluoxetine or clomipramine. Seven of the 10 patients completed open treatment of at least 8 weeks without requiring adjunctive medication; 5 of those 7 patients were rated as much improved. Among the 3 patients who required adjunctive medication, 1 was rated as much improved. Of the 4 nonresponders at 3 months, 2 responded after longer treatment trials. These results suggest that extreme moral or religious concerns and behaviors might be a form of OCD and that the scrupulosity can be effectively treated with serotonin reuptake blockers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-521
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Volume51
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Drug Therapy
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Clomipramine
Fluoxetine
Serotonin
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

Cite this

Fallon, B. A., Liebowitz, M. R., Hollander, E., Schneier, F. R., Campeas, R. B., Fairbanks, J., ... Sandberg, D. (1990). The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 51(12), 517-521.

The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity. / Fallon, B. A.; Liebowitz, M. R.; Hollander, Eric; Schneier, F. R.; Campeas, R. B.; Fairbanks, J.; Papp, L. A.; Hatterer, J. A.; Sandberg, D.

In: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 51, No. 12, 1990, p. 517-521.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fallon, BA, Liebowitz, MR, Hollander, E, Schneier, FR, Campeas, RB, Fairbanks, J, Papp, LA, Hatterer, JA & Sandberg, D 1990, 'The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity', Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, vol. 51, no. 12, pp. 517-521.
Fallon BA, Liebowitz MR, Hollander E, Schneier FR, Campeas RB, Fairbanks J et al. The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 1990;51(12):517-521.
Fallon, B. A. ; Liebowitz, M. R. ; Hollander, Eric ; Schneier, F. R. ; Campeas, R. B. ; Fairbanks, J. ; Papp, L. A. ; Hatterer, J. A. ; Sandberg, D. / The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity. In: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 1990 ; Vol. 51, No. 12. pp. 517-521.
@article{726826b10b0e4f649aed4e4494c523cc,
title = "The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity",
abstract = "Moral or religious scrupulosity is a disabling condition which is sometimes seen in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors describe 10 patients with moral or religious scrupulosity who were treated with fluoxetine or clomipramine. Seven of the 10 patients completed open treatment of at least 8 weeks without requiring adjunctive medication; 5 of those 7 patients were rated as much improved. Among the 3 patients who required adjunctive medication, 1 was rated as much improved. Of the 4 nonresponders at 3 months, 2 responded after longer treatment trials. These results suggest that extreme moral or religious concerns and behaviors might be a form of OCD and that the scrupulosity can be effectively treated with serotonin reuptake blockers.",
author = "Fallon, {B. A.} and Liebowitz, {M. R.} and Eric Hollander and Schneier, {F. R.} and Campeas, {R. B.} and J. Fairbanks and Papp, {L. A.} and Hatterer, {J. A.} and D. Sandberg",
year = "1990",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "51",
pages = "517--521",
journal = "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry",
issn = "0160-6689",
publisher = "Physicians Postgraduate Press Inc.",
number = "12",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The pharmacotherapy of moral or religious scrupulosity

AU - Fallon, B. A.

AU - Liebowitz, M. R.

AU - Hollander, Eric

AU - Schneier, F. R.

AU - Campeas, R. B.

AU - Fairbanks, J.

AU - Papp, L. A.

AU - Hatterer, J. A.

AU - Sandberg, D.

PY - 1990

Y1 - 1990

N2 - Moral or religious scrupulosity is a disabling condition which is sometimes seen in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors describe 10 patients with moral or religious scrupulosity who were treated with fluoxetine or clomipramine. Seven of the 10 patients completed open treatment of at least 8 weeks without requiring adjunctive medication; 5 of those 7 patients were rated as much improved. Among the 3 patients who required adjunctive medication, 1 was rated as much improved. Of the 4 nonresponders at 3 months, 2 responded after longer treatment trials. These results suggest that extreme moral or religious concerns and behaviors might be a form of OCD and that the scrupulosity can be effectively treated with serotonin reuptake blockers.

AB - Moral or religious scrupulosity is a disabling condition which is sometimes seen in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors describe 10 patients with moral or religious scrupulosity who were treated with fluoxetine or clomipramine. Seven of the 10 patients completed open treatment of at least 8 weeks without requiring adjunctive medication; 5 of those 7 patients were rated as much improved. Among the 3 patients who required adjunctive medication, 1 was rated as much improved. Of the 4 nonresponders at 3 months, 2 responded after longer treatment trials. These results suggest that extreme moral or religious concerns and behaviors might be a form of OCD and that the scrupulosity can be effectively treated with serotonin reuptake blockers.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0025688154&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0025688154&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 51

SP - 517

EP - 521

JO - Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

JF - Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

SN - 0160-6689

IS - 12

ER -