Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Co.morbid obsessive compulsive and hypochondriac disorders complicated by tardive dyskinesia in a Nigerian man

NC Aghukwa


The objective was to report a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with comorbid somatic symptoms that was complicated by movement disorders. A literature search on related issues was done online with  Google Scholar, followed by a chronological report of the index case. This case presents a 52-year-old man who  presented with intrusive, disturbing, and unreasonable thoughts at the mid adolescent time. Following  these were complaints of multiple somatic symptoms which the patient labeled with different disease terms.  The illness affected his academic, occupational, social, and marital role obligations. And lately, in the illness due to underlying predispositions, developed drug-related movement problems that worsened his state of handicap. This case attempts to point out the importance of early detection and cautious use of medications in patients, who present with OCDs with or without other psychiatric co-morbidities.

Key words: Hypochondriasis, obsessive compulsive disorder, tardive dyskinesia
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