Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Issue

Dr Mark Lovell


Dr Mark Lovell is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He is an ACAMH Board Member and the Lead for CPD and Training.

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This edition of The Bridge focusses on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Both of these can resemble each other with the over-focus, special interests and anxieties seen in ASD resembling the obsessions of OCD, and the routines, rituals and need for order and sameness that can be seen in ASD resembling the compulsions in OCD. To complicate matters they can often also co-occur. However, they are distinct disorders/conditions and should not be confused since treatments and management strategies differ.

I hope that you enjoy reading them and please let ACAMH know your thoughts. We also have Topic Guides on OCD and ASD that you may find useful references. Each Topic contains our Guide, upcoming Events, the latest Blogs, Journal Articles, Podcasts and other media. Whether you are new to the Topic or want to find the latest research, here is your starting point.

If you have any ideas for content or feedback on the bridge whilst I am acting as Guest Editor, please email me.

I hope you enjoy reading this edition of The Bridge please share it with colleagues, and a pdf version is available, plus look out for our Externalising/Internalising edition out next month.

Articles from this edition

Young people’s lived experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Connecting the senses: an area of difficulty in infants later diagnosed with autism?

Working memory deficits may compromise cognitive flexibility in OCD

Cognitive flexibility in OCD: challenging the paradigm

Dysregulation profile risk may be identified in infancy

Children with ASD at heightened risk for maltreatment

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