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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 42 (2000) 5, 353 - 357

Case report

Compulsive behaviour: not always an obsessive-compulsive disorder

F.P.M.L. Peeters, G. Poddighe

Two patients are presented whose complaints were, by themselves or referrers, described as obsessive compulsive disorders. On closer examination, these symptoms could be better described as impulsions which had consider-able consequences for diagnosis and treatment: both patients were suffering from Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome. Using a fenomenological approach, differences and similarities between tics, impulsions and compulsions are discussed.

keywords Gilles de la Tourette's Syndrome, impulses, obsessions