Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Questions & Answers

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are common obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are common compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the psychiatric comorbidities of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Which skin findings are characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is included in the evaluation of suspected obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the treatment options for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of serotonergic antidepressants in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the options for management of treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Which medications are used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the DSM-5 criteria for obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the DSM-5 criteria for compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How are obsessions and compulsions categorized in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are new DSM- 5 diagnoses in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)?

What is the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the etiologies of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of genetics in the etiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of infectious diseases in the etiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are possible neurologic causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of stress in the etiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of parenting in the etiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the prevalence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the US?

What are the racial, age and gender predilections of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the prognosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What should be included in patient education about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are useful websites for the patient education about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Presentation

What should be the focus of history in the evaluation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What should be included in a psychiatric review of systems and comorbidities in the evaluation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How is schizophrenia differentiated from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are common obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are common compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How does obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affect interpersonal relationships?

Which skin findings are characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

DDX

Which comorbid diagnoses are frequently encountered in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the risk factors for suicide in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Workup

Which types of tests are performed in the evaluation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) in the workup of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of the mental status exam (MSE) in the workup of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Treatment

What are the treatment options for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of medications in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of norepinephrine (NE) in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of glutamatergic agents in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of behavior therapy in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of exposure and response (or ritual) prevention (ERP) in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of meditation and relaxation in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the initial approach for management of treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What are the treatment options for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with treatment resistance?

Which non-FDA-approved interventions have been used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is the role of neurosurgery in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

When are specialist consultation indicated in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What should be included in the long-term monitoring of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Which medications should be used with caution in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents?

What is the efficacy of pharmacologic treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Which medications in the drug class Antianxiety Agents are used in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Antipsychotic Agents are used in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor are used in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Tricyclic Antidepressants are used in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?