Fatigue Experiences Among OCD Outpatients

Psychiatr Q. 2015 Dec;86(4):615-24. doi: 10.1007/s11126-015-9357-3.


Patients with OCD are impaired in multiple domains of functioning and quality of life. While associated psychopathology complaints and neuropsychological deficits were reported, the subjective experience of general fatigue and mental fatigue was scarcely investigated. In this single-center case-control study we compared 50 non-depressed OCD outpatients consecutively recruited and 50 panic disorder (PD) outpatients, to determine whether they experienced fatigue differently. Assessment consisted of structured clinical interview for DSM-IV criteria by using the SCID-I and the SCID-II. Symptom severity was assessed using the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale, the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, the Clinical Global Impressions Scale, severity and the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale. Fatigue was assessed by using the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI). Regarding MFI physical fatigue, an OR of 0.196 (95 % CI 0.080-0.478) was found, suggesting that its presence is associated with lower odds of OCD compared to PD. The same can be said for MFI mental fatigue, as an OR of 0.138 (95 % CI 0.049-0.326) was found, suggesting that its presence is associated with lower odds of OCD. Notably, OCD patients with OCDP co-morbidity reported higher scores of mental fatigue. In this study fatigue, including mental fatigue, seems not to be a prominent experience among adult non-depressed OCD patients.

Keywords: Fatigue; Mental fatigue; OCD; Obsessive–compulsive disorder; Panic disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fatigue / diagnosis
  • Fatigue / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Mental Status Schedule
  • Middle Aged
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / complications*
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology*
  • Outpatients*
  • Panic Disorder / complications
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult