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by Dr Amit Nigam, Dr Lynne Drummond, Dr
Joanne Farrow, Dr Ali Al-Allaq,
Dr Sanjay Nelson and Professor Naomi A Fineberg
Published: June 2010
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, co-morbid 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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