Background and objective: The present study attempted to assess childhood trauma events and dissociative symptoms in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Method: The study included all patients who were admitted for the first time to the psychiatric outpatient unit over a 24-month period. Seventy-eight patients were diagnosed as having OCD during the twoyear study period. Childhood traumatic events were assessed with a Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ). Obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms were assessed with the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS). A Dissociation Questionnaire (DIS-Q) was also used to measure dissociative symptoms.
Results: The mean of Y-BOCS points were 23.37 ± 7.27. Dissociation questionnaire scores were between 0.40 and 3.87 and the mean was 2.23 ± 0.76. Childhood trauma points were 1.27–4.77 and the mean was 2.38 ± 0.56. There was no statistically significant relationship between Y-BOCS points and childhood trauma points (p > 0.05). There was a statistically significant positive relationship between Y-BOCS points and DIS-Q points. There was no statistically significant relationship between DIS-Q points and childhood trauma points (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: Childhood trauma questionnaire points might be significant clinically, although there was not a statistically significant correlation in our study. We also conclude that dissociative symptoms among patients with OCD should alert clinicians to treatment of the disorder.