Obsessional Fear of Getting Into a Relationship: A Case Report

Author(s): Sandeep Motichand, Joyita Sinha, Sakshi Rai, Vinod K. Sinha, Nishant Goyal

Journal Name: Adolescent Psychiatry

Volume 5 , Issue 4 , 2015

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Background: Once perceived to be rare in childhood, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is now recognized to be fairly common among children and adolescents. However, lack of recognition of the disorder and delays in treatment continue to be frequent. The occurrence of unusual or unfamiliar symptoms may be one of the reasons for under-detection of OCD. Obsessions related to romantic relationships have been described in adults; usually these involve doubts and fears about the relationship.

Method: We report an uncommon obsessional fear of getting into a romantic relationship in an adolescent girl who had been previously well functioning. This patient experienced significant distress and dysfunction due to these repetitive thoughts. After intervention with medication and cognitive behavioral therapy her symptoms diminished and she returned to pre-morbid functioning.

Discussion: Unusual presentations of the symptoms may lead to diagnostic confusion and delay in treatment. In adolescents, for example, who are navigating one of the normal developmental challenges—intimacy, are vulnerable to develop anxiety, which may manifest unusually as OCD. It is essential that clinicians recognize how varied the nature of obsessions can be.

Keywords: Adolescence, OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder, phenomenology, romantic relationships.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 09 May, 2016
Page: [277 - 280]
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.2174/2210676606666160502131112
Price: $65

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