This course is based upon material published in the Annals of General Psychiatry and is available as an open access article.
Background: The topic of sexual obsessions as a psychiatric symptom has not been well investigated. The aim of this study was twofold: 1) to explore the presence of sexual obsessions in patients with mood disorders (n=156), panic disorder (n=54) and schizophrenia (n=79), with respect to non-psychiatric subjects (n=100); 2) to investigate the relationship between sexual obsessions and suicidal behaviors, taking into account socio-demographic variables ad mental disorders.
Methods: 289 psychiatric patients with mood disorders, panic disorder or schizophrenia, were recruited at the Italian University departments of psychiatry along with 100 non-psychiatric subjects, who presented for a routine eye exam at the ophthalmology department of the same Universities. The assessments included: the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Self-Report (OBS-SR), for sexual obsession, and the Mood Spectrum-Self Report lifetime version (MOODS-SR). Suicidality was assessed by means of 6 items of the MOODS-SR.
Results: Sexual obsessions were more frequent in schizophrenia (54.4%), followed by mood disorders (35.9%). Among schizophrenia patients, males reported more sexual obsessions than females (P
This course on sexual obsessions and suicidal behaviors in psychiatric and non-psychiatric patients is designed for professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and other professionals who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of sexual obsessions as a symptom. This course may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
The course is based on a journal article which includes research. As such it contains statistical analysis and data which some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not. One of the benefits of reading research based articles for continuing education is that it allows the practitioner to keep current on the latest findings in their field.
Authors: DellOsso et al.
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the symptoms of sexual obsession and suicidal behaviors among psychiatric and non-psychiatric patients. Specifically, a professional will:
- Describe the relationship between sexual obsessions and suicidal behaviors.
- Identify the incidence of sexual obsessions in patients with mood disorders, panic disorder and schizophrenia.
- Identify potential risk factors for suicidal behaviors.
Citation: DellOsso, Casu, Carlini, Conversano, Gremigni and CCarmassi (2012).
Sexual obsessions and suicidal behaviors in patients with mood disorders, panic disorder and schizophrenia. Annals of General Psychiatry, 11:27.