International Psychogeriatrics

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Late-onset obsessive–compulsive disorder: the role of stressful life events 1

Latha Velayudhan a1c1 and Anthony W. Katz a2
a1 South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London, U.K.
a2 Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust, London, U.K.

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velayudhan l   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
katz aw   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


The onset of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) for the first time in old age is uncommon and has been mostly related to cerebral abnormalities. We report a case of late-onset OCD in a 77-year-old woman following stressful life events but with a normal cerebral structure. The contribution of life events and vulnerability factors on the genesis and the presentation of her illness are discussed in relation to the literature on OCD.

(Received July 19 2005)
(returned for revision August 3 2005)
(revised version received August 11 2005)
(Accepted August 15 2005)
(Published Online January 18 2006)

Key Words: OCD; late onset; life events.

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr Latha Velayudhan, Room No. 52, Outpatients Department, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ, U.K. Phone: +44 020 7919 2352; Fax: +44 020 7919 2353. Email:


1 Written informed consent was obtained for the publication of this case report.