The expression of anger and its relationship to symptoms and cognitions in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Stephen P. Whiteside, Jonathan S. Abramowitz

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Abstract

We compared the association between obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the expression of anger in a sample of 71 patients and 71 college students. Some authors [Rubenstein et al., J Anxiety Disord 1995;9:1-9] have proposed that anger and hostility underlie the symptoms of OCD; however, there has been little empirical study of this relationship. One recent study [Whiteside and Abramowitz, Cog Therapy Res 2004;28:259-268] with college undergraduates found that the association between OCD symptoms and anger was attributable to depressive symptoms. In the present study, we compared the expression of anger in a sample of patients diagnosed with OCD and nonclinical volunteers. Consistent with the previous study, we found increased levels of anger in patients with OCD as compared to control participants; however, these differences could be attributed to between-group differences in general distress. These results were discussed within the framework of the cognitive theory of OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalDepression and Anxiety
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 4 2005

Keywords

  • Anger control
  • Anger expression
  • Cognitive
  • Compulsions
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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