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Presence of obsessive compulsive symptoms in first-episode schizophrenia or related disorders is associated with subjective well-being and quality of life

Authors


Corresponding author: Mr Lieuwe de Haan, Department of Psychiatry, Early Psychosis, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 5, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Email: l.dehaan@amc.uva.nl

Abstract

Aim

The study aims to evaluate whether the presence of obsessive compulsive symptoms (OCS) in first-episode schizophrenia patients is associated with subjective well-being or quality of life.

Methods

This study used a cross-sectional study of consecutively diagnosed patients with a first episode of schizophrenia or related disorder.

Results

There were 23 out of 198 (12%) consecutively assessed patients that reported co-morbid OCS. Co-morbid OCS were associated with a lower mean total score on a subjective well-being scale (P ≤ 0.001), especially on the social integration subscale (P = 0.002) and emotional regulation subscale (P = 0.008), and lower scores on subjective aspects of quality of life (P = 0.043), especially concerning mental health (P = 0.001) and physical health (P = 0.002).

Conclusion

These results support the clinical relevance of OCS co-morbidity in schizophrenia or related disorders and the need for research into specific interventions.

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