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How do psychiatrists diagnose ocd?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Through an exam: Ocd or obsessive compulsive disorder is diagnosed by taking a thorough history, completing a mental status examination, a neurological exam and reviewing pertinent medical history and medications. Laboratory or radiological or other studies may also be needed.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Recurrent and persis: Thoughts , impulses, or images that r experienced at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress. So if u have experienced this u need to see u pcp and he can refer u to a psychiatrist or psychologist for assesment.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Patterns of...: ..Thinking and or behavior. He/she will ask you (often detailed) questions about behavior patterns, for example: must you always ensure that all closet doors are closed before you go to sleep? If you might have left one open, can you out it out of your mind? Or thinking patterns: for example, must you always count silently to 100 if you have a "bad" thought? In ocd such patterns dominate life.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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