ISSN 1225-8709 (Print)
ISSN 2005-7571 (Online)
Volume 25, Number 2 (2/2018)
Original Article <page. 31-7 >

Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Relation to Duration of Schizophrenia

Ju-Hyun Seo, MD1;In-Ho Paik, MD1;Im-Yel Kim, MD1;Su-Ryong Kim, MD1; and Jung-Min Jo, MD2;

1;Department of Psychiatry, Keyo Hospital, Uiwang, 2;Department of Psychiatry, Insung Hospital, Pohang, Korea

Objectives : The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychopathological features such as depression and anxiety in schizophrenics with obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) as well as the severity of OCS according to duration of schizophrenia.

Methods : We randomly selected sixty four inpatients with schizophrenia. We classified the patients into two groups (OCS group, non-OCS group) according to the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS). Clinical and demographic features were evaluated. To assess OCS, Y-BOCS were performed. The Korean version of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale(K-PANSS), the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), the Korean version of the Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia (K-CDSS), the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) were conducted. Independent t-test and chi-square test were conducted to compare the two groups. Pearson correlation analysis was performed to examine the relationship between the duration of schizophrenia and the Y-BOCS score.

Results : The Y-BOCS, K-CDSS, and BAI scores were higher in the OCS group. There was a significant correlation between the duration of schizophrenia and the Y-BOCS score.

Conclusions : Anxiety and depression symptoms were severe in the OCS group. In addition, the results of this study indicate that the longer duration of schizophrenia, the more severe the OCS. Therefore, the evaluation of OCS in schizophrenics should be accompanied by treatment intervention.

Key words : Schizophrenia;Comobidity;Obsessive-compulsive symptoms;Anxiety;Depression;Duration of illness.


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