Chapter 10. Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director3,4 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President5,6
  1. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Chairman1 and
  2. María Inés López-Ibor Professor of Psychiatry2

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch10

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

López-Ibor, J. J. and López-Ibor, M. I. (2009) Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 4

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 5

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 6

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Psychiatry and Mental Health, San Carlos Hospital, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders;
  • anxiety - psychological reaction to stressful situation;
  • anxiety and stress-related disorders;
  • prevalent psychiatric conditions - anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR main principles;
  • ICD-10 and DSM-IV for diagnosis of diseases - symptoms present and not on pathophysiology or other features;
  • anxiety disorders in ICD-10 - neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders;
  • two approaches – in considering and classifying anxiety disorders;
  • new ways of interpreting clinical evidence - presence of a stressor and re-experience of event in all diagnostic systems;
  • obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and stress-related disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Two Approaches to Considering and Classifying Anxiety Disorders

  • New Ways of Interpreting Clinical Evidence

  • The Case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • The Case of Stress-Related Disorders

  • References