2006;51(8 suppl 2):9S–91S. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. A more recent article on obsessive-compulsive disorder is available. Pharmacologic management of adult depression. Immediate, unlimited access to all AFP content. Koran LM, Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Depress Anxiety. 25. Liebowitz MR, J Anxiety Disord. Accessed August 27, 2015. This content is owned by the AAFP. When effective, long-term treatment with an SSRI is a reasonable option to prevent relapse. Pauls DL. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an illness that can cause marked distress and disability. Reprints are not available from the authors. A randomized clinical trial to examine enhancing cognitive-behavioral group therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder with motivational interviewing and thought mapping. J Clin Psychiatry. Development and psychometric evaluation of the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale. Fineberg NA, Zylstra RG. (Text Revision) (DSM-IV-TR) 1 defines the five major anxiety disorders as social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder (PD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Foa EB, Kandavel T. J Clin Psychiatry. Other common comorbidities include mood disorders (63.3%), particularly major depressive disorder (40.7%); impulse control disorders (55.9%); and substance use disorders (38.6%).2 The risk of suicide in persons with OCD is high. Patients with OCD should be monitored for psychiatric comorbidities and suicide risk. Sustained response versus relapse. 2002;14(4):485–496. Am J Psychiatry. Abrantes AM, Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder that’s characterized by extreme perfectionism, order, and neatness. et al. note: If a person answers “yes” to any of these questions and the symptom causes distress, a diagnostic interview or patient symptom inventory should be administered. SSRI treatment may be indicated in patients with severe symptoms, or when there is lack of improvement with CBT alone.21. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a relatively common, if not always recognized, chronic disorder that is often associated with significant distress and impairment in functioning. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; 2013. Rosa-Alcázar AI, Previous: Smart-Home Technology for Persons with Disabilities, Next: Management of Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars, Home Soomro GM, Do you ever feel the need to perform certain actions that don't make sense or that you don't want to do, such as washing, cleaning, counting, or checking things over and over? Bloch MH, Psychiatric referral is indicated if there is diagnostic uncertainty. Koran LM, Simpson HB. Eisen JL. Some common obsessions involve contamination, doubts about whether an important task has been performed, or worries that an action will harm another person (Table 1). et al. Clinical practice guidelines. Neuroimaging studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults and children. Prince MJ, Patients with OCD require higher SSRI dosages than for other indications, and the treatment response time is typically longer. Patients with OCD should be monitored for psychiatric comorbidities and suicide risk.15–17 In their lifetime, 90% of patients with OCD meet criteria for at least one other psychiatric diagnosis.2 The most common comorbid diagnoses are anxiety disorders (75.8%), including panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Chang S, Most visits included psychotropic medications (84%), most commonly a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (69%) and less commonly included any psychotherapy (39%). Koran LM, Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Counting/repeating actions a certain number of times or until it "feels right" 4. 2006;40(6):487–493. et al. Desrocher M. Symptoms are often accompanied by feelings of shame and secrecy. et al. Westenberg HG. Ruscio AM, Five-year course of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 48. Clin Psychol Rev. 31. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Are you concerned about putting things in a special order, or are you very upset by mess? Obsessions are recurrent intrusive thoughts or images that cause marked distress. C. The obsessive-compulsive symptoms are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or another medical condition. Cognitive behavior therapy, specifically exposure and response prevention, is the most effective psychotherapy method for treating OCD. Chabane N, Mirtazapine for obsessive-compulsive disorder: an open trial followed by double-blind discontinuation. Obsessive-compulsive disorder. 32. Rhéaume J. Lee NC, Adapted with permission from Grant JE. These may include, for example, a complete blood count (CBC), a check of your thyroid function, and screening for alcohol and drugs. Walters EE. J Clin Psychopharmacol. Contact Nearly 70 percent of patients report a continuous course of symptoms, and 23 percent experience a waxing and waning course.3 The average time to treatment after meeting diagnostic criteria for OCD is 11 years.3 This delay is attributed to many factors, including reluctance of patients to report symptoms and under-recognition of OCD by physicians. Heimberg RG, Reddy YC, Address correspondence to Jill N. Fenske, MD, Chelsea Health Center, 14700 E. Old U.S. Highway 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 (e-mail: jnfenske@med.umich.edu). Young persons with ADHD may procrastinate and have problems with attention and focus; persons with OCD may appear to have ADHD because they have a need to do things “just right” or in a “complete” fashion and therefore may not complete tasks; it is important to determine whether mental rituals or obsessive thoughts interfere with focus and attention, Anxiety is characterized by worry, which often mimics obsessive thinking; anxiety usually focuses on real-life problems (e.g., finances, health, loved ones) without the irrational quality of OCD, Persons with autism spectrum disorders exhibit persistent deficits in social interactions and may engage in repetitive behaviors perceived as natural and reasonable; OCD can lead to social isolation, but social communication skills are usually preserved; persons with OCD usually view their compulsive repetitive behaviors as excessive and unreasonable, Persons with depression often ruminate, which may be mistaken for obsession; however, these ruminations are of a depressed theme (e.g., guilt due to inadequacies or negative self-assessment), Psychosis is often characterized by delusional beliefs; OCD thoughts may also be irrational (e.g., fear of contracting human immunodeficiency virus from doorknobs); however, unlike with psychosis, persons with OCD can usually recognize that their thoughts are irrational but cannot control them, In Tourette syndrome, motor or vocal tics are generally involuntary; repetitive behaviors in OCD result from a cognitive source (e.g., an obsessive desire for symmetry) and the need to perform an action until it is done “just right”. Komossa K, Clinical predictors of long-term outcome in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Frost RO, Simpson HB, Koran LM. SSRIs are an effective treatment for OCD and are recommended as first-line pharmacologic therapy. et al. van Megen HJ, *—Estimated retail price of one month's supply (starting dosage) based on information obtained at http://www.goodrx.com (accessed August 26, 2015). Management of anxiety disorders [published correction appears in Can J Psychiatry. et al. Evidence-based pharmacotherapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is a heterogeneous disorder with several subtypes and a multitude of manifestations (Table 3).7–15 There are several associated disorders (often referred to as OCD spectrum disorders), such as body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania, hypochondriasis, and eating disorders. Deacon BJ. Wells A. OCD has a reputation of being difficult to treat, but there are many effective treatments available. Stein DJ, Am Fam Physician. Kamath P, Gava I, Hounie AG, 17. Leiberg S, To see the full article, log in or purchase access. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Diagnosis and Management (2015) American Family Physician (2015) Schizophrenia Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia 3rd Edition (2021) American Psychiatric Association A pilot study of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for obsessive compulsive disorder. Switching from serotonin reuptake inhibitors to duloxetine in patients with resistant obsessive compulsive disorder. A clinical significance analysis. Bergman RL, Rajagopal S, If a higher dosage is necessary, the patient should be monitored using electrocardiography and electrolyte measurements.30. Happening alone or in combinations An example would be a person getting repeated thoughts of hands being dirty (Obsession) generating a lot of anxiety leading to repeated act of hand washing(Compulsion) to reduce … Rasmussen SA. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders, 5: 67-75. Patients should be closely monitored for comorbid depression and suicidal ideation. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A trial of SSRI therapy should continue for eight to 12 weeks, with at least four to six weeks at the maximal tolerable dosage. Pallanti S, et al. Bracken MB, †—The FDA recommends against citalopram dosages > 40 mg per day (or > 20 mg per day in patients older than 60 years or with hepatic impairment) because of concern for QT prolongation. Boisseau CL, Quality of life in obsessive-compulsive disorder. If OCD is suspected, the use of a few simple screening questions can be helpful (Table 4).16 Standardized diagnostic tools are available, but most are not practical for use in primary care. The behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing anxiety or distress, or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these behaviors or mental acts are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize or prevent, or are clearly excessive. The search included meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and practice guidelines within the previous five years. 32. Psychiatric consultation is recommended for patients with severe OCD, as measured by the Y-BOCS. 2. Copyright © 2020 American Academy of Family Physicians. Depress Anxiety. 22. Reddy YC, 2008;76(6):1003–1014. St John's wort versus placebo in obsessive-compulsive disorder: results from a double-blind study. Author disclosure: No relevant financial affiliations. 2014;371(7):650, with additional information from reference10. Can J Psychiatry. Pauls DL. Aboujaoude EN. The Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory. Checking (eg, locks, stove, iron, safety of children) 3. Sign up for the free AFP email table of contents. A recent double-blind study did not support the effectiveness of this treatment, although further study has been recommended.33, Although OCD in childhood can occur in isolation, there is a high rate of comorbidity with mood disorders, tic disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and developmental abnormalities. Pittman B, Cleaning/washing 2. Torres AR, Piacentini J, Reddy YC. A double blind comparison of venlafaxine and paroxetine in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and unwanted, and that in most individuals cause marked anxiety or distress. The person might be referred to a healthcare professional who is specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been classified by the World Health Organization as one of the top 10 most disabling diseases with respect to loss of income and quality of life.4 Yet it is a condition that is well known for long delays between symptom onset and access to appropriate treatment.5 This requires the GP to be alert to the possibility in patients known to be at higher risk of OCD, including those with anxiety, depression, alcohol or substance misuse, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorders an… Adults with early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory. However, because of concerns about the safety and adverse effects of tricyclic agents, SSRIs have become first-line pharmacologic treatments for OCD. Clin Psychol Rev. Five-year course of obsessive-compulsive disorder. / 2008;196(10):776–779. Want to use this article elsewhere? 10(November 15, 2015) Delorme R, Stepped care versus standard cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. et al. Obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory: development and validation of a short version. Taylor LV, Millet B, 2013;74(3):233–239. 23. Cognitive-behavior therapy, sertraline, and their combination for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD = obsessive-compulsive disorder; SSRI = selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, A = consistent, good-quality patient-oriented evidence; B = inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence; C = consensus, disease-oriented evidence, usual practice, expert opinion, or case series. Am J Psychiatry. The average time it takes to receive treatment after meeting diagnostic criteria for OCD is 11 years.1 Primary care physicians can play a crucial role in reducing the burden of OCD through early detection and treatment. Kandavel T, Bebbington PE, There are a variety of options for treatment-resistant OCD, including clomipramine or augmenting an SSRI with an atypical antipsychotic. 2007;164(7 suppl):5–53. Reprinted with permission from the American Psychiatric Association. Eisen JL, 2005;43(12):1543–1558. 2004;24(3):283–313. 29. Psychiatr Clin North Am. Cognitive behavior therapy with exposure and response prevention is an effective treatment for OCD. Rosa-Alcázar AI, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” (2007) American Psychiatric Association Contamination 2. The obsessions or compulsions are time-consuming (e.g., take more than 1 hour per day) or cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Foa EB, et al. J Clin Psychol. 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