Is there a relationship between OCD and addiction?

H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.

“This is an area of hot research … There’s a new model of addictions which says it starts with you impulsively taking a substance but then as you take the substance in fact you lose the ability to control the ability to take it anymore and that addiction becomes a compulsion …”




Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
2010 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic
New York State Psychiatric Institute