Comorbid bipolar affective disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder in childhood: A case study and brief review

Amlan K. Jana, Samir Kumar Praharaj, Vinod Kumar Sinha

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Obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar affective disorder in the pediatric population show a bidirectional overlap. Few studies that have addressed this issue show that the prevalence of obsessive compulsive disorder in bipolar affective disorder patients ranges from 0 to 54%, and 1.85 to 36% of the obsessive compulsive disorder patients have a comorbid bipolar affective disorder. We report a case of a patient with an onset of obsessive compulsive disorder at two-and-a-half years of age, who developed mania after exposure to escitalopram. We suggest that in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder cases, antidepressants be used with caution, especially in cases with a positive family history of bipolar affective disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Psychological Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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