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Sci Am. 1989 Mar;260(3):82-9.

The biology of obsessions and compulsions.

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Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health.

Abstract

Samuel Johnson kept darting through doorways; a teen-ager named Sergei is unable to stop washing. Such repetitive, ritualistic behavior can make a person unable to function. The author thinks obsessive-compulsive disorder has biological roots in specific brain structures; she has treated it with certain drugs initially developed as antidepressants.

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