Assessment and management of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Part 1

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a prevalent, chronic and disabling disorder characterised by obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviours (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). It is a condition shrouded with stigma and shame.


Although effective psychological and pharmacological treatments are available, delays in diagnosis and treatment of the disorder occur. Better recognition and improved access to evidence-based treatment is needed.


This module provides guidance on how common obsessive-compulsive disorder is, its aetiology and how best to recognise people with the disorder. Aimed at psychiatrists and mental health workers in general adult, forensic, old age and child and adolescent psychiatry, it will take the reader through the epidemiology, aetiology, comorbid disorders, diagnostic issues and differential diagnoses of OCD.


By the end of this module the reader should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities involved in the assessment and management of OCD.


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Please note: This module was last updated in 2010. A revision is being worked on, but in the meantime please be aware when completing the module that some of the guidance may have changed.


If you like this module, you may also be interested in:


Assessment and management of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Part 2 by Dr Amit Nigam et al 


Diagnosis of personality disorder in clinical practice by Professor Patricia Casey 


Pharmacological management of anxiety disorders by Dr Zia Nadeem and Dr Allan Scott



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