Social media and smartphone technology in the symptomatology of OCD

Martine J van Bennekom, Pelle P de Koning, D. Denys

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disabling and heterogeneous psychiatric disorder. In line with the trend towards globalisation and modern technology, the thematic content of obsessions and compulsions is bound to evolve over time. However, assessment scales such as the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale symptom checklist are not adapted accordingly. By means of two case reports, we would like to introduce social media and smartphone technology in the content of obsessions and compulsions. Our aim is to raise awareness among clinicians of these topics in key symptomatology of OCD and to propose a flexible adaptation of the Y-BOCS symptom checklist. Furthermore, we encourage the development of exposure and response prevention exercises with a focus on social media and smartphone technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number223662
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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