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OCD in Tourette Syndrome – A Primer for Parents and Families

Dr. Erica Greenberg discussed the basics of obsessive-compulsive disorder, including when and how it typically presents and the current treatments options. She will focus on “early-onset” OCD – OCD that arises in late childhood and/or early adolescence and will discuss in detail “Tourettic OCD” – the type of OCD more frequently seen in children/adolescents with tic disorders. Dr. Greenberg will also discuss how to begin to separate OCD-compulsions from complex tics, and why that differentiation may be informative from a treatment perspective.

OCD in Tourette Syndrome


Erica Greenberg, M.D. is a child/adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Greenberg is the Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry OCD and Tic Disorders Program at MGH and a Co-Director of the Tourette Association of America MGH Center of Excellence. Her interests include Tourette syndrome (TS), OCD, “Tourettic OCD,” ADHD and body-focused repetitive behavior disorders (BFRBs). She is the primary investigator on a study evaluating a behavioral treatment for those with tic disorders and ADHD, and she has authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts on TS, OCD, and related disorders. Dr. Greenberg graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College (with Alpha Omega Alpha honors), and completed her general psychiatry residency at Harvard Longwood and her child/adolescent fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean where she served as chief resident in both programs.