Heightened "Performance Monitoring" in Early Childhood Linked to OCD

Heightened "Performance Monitoring" in Early Childhood Linked to OCD

Findings published in JAMA Psychiatry showed that heightened performance monitoring evident in early childhood was associated with the onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder during adolescence. These results suggest that identifying young children who exhibit heightened performance monitoring may lead to better identification of those at high risk for developing OCD. “In general, monitoring one's performance is adaptive and helps us learn from mistakes and flexibly adapt to changing environments. However, monitoring our performance too much has been associated with different psychiatric illnesses, including OCD,” Kirsten E. Gilbert, PhD, from the department of psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in...

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