Everyday memory functioning in obsessive - Compulsive disorder

Lena Jelinek*, Steffen Moritz, Deike Heeren, Dieter Naber

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Abstract

Memory performance in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is discussed as a pathogenetic risk factor for the emergence of OCD, particularly checking compulsions. At present, however, findings are mixed and little is known about memory performance in tasks relevant to everyday functioning in patients with OCD. For the present study, memory performance was assessed in 31 patients diagnosed with OCD and 33 healthy controls with the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT), which covers a wide range of verbal and nonverbal memory components as well as prospective memory. OCD patients performed comparably to healthy controls on the memory task for verbal, nonverbal, and prospective memory (p > .1). According to norm values, memory performance was unimpaired in most OCD patients. The present findings further challenge a broad account of the "memory deficit" hypothesis of OCD and compulsive checking, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-749
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Learning
  • Mental Processes
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pathogenesis
  • Retention (Psychology)

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