Parsing the phenotype of obsessive-compulsive tic disorder (OCTD): a multidisciplinary consensus

Bernardo Dell’Osso, Donatella Marazziti, Umberto Albert, Stefano Pallanti, Orsola Gambini, Antonio Tundo, Carlotta Zanaboni, Domenico Servello, Renata Rizzo, Luciana Scalone, Beatrice Benatti, A. Carlo Altamura, Mauro Porta

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tic Disorder (TD) are highly disabling and often comorbid conditions. Of note, the DSM-5 acknowledged a new ‘tic-related’ specifier for OCD, which might be referred to as Obsessive-Compulsive Tic Disorder (OCTD), raising new interest toward a better clinical characterisation of affected patients. Available literature indicates that early onset, male gender, sensory phenomena and obsessions of symmetry, aggressiveness, hoarding, exactness and sounds as well as comorbidity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be of more frequent observation in patients with OCTD. In order to share expertise in the field from different perspectives, a multidisciplinary panel of Italian clinicians, specifically involved in the clinical care of OCD and TD patients, participated into a consensus initiative, aimed to produce a shared document. As a result, after having examined the most relevant literature, authors sought to critically identify and discuss main epidemiologic, socio-demographic and clinical features characterising OCTD patients, along with other specific aspects including Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQoL), economic consequences related with the condition and its management, as well as treatment-related issues, that need to be further investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Tic Disorder (OCTD)
  • Tic Disorder (TD)


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