Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

24 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a prevalent psychiatric disorder affecting 1% to 3% of the global population, characterized by intrusive thoughts, known as obsessions, and repetitive actions, or compulsions. These symptoms affect patients not only by consuming a significant portion of their time but also by causing marked distress and functional impairment. The complex etiology of OCD involves cognitive, genetic, and neural factors, making the condition's diagnosis challenging and necessitating the exclusion of other psychiatric conditions that present similarly. Further complicating matters, OCD frequently coexists with other psychiatric disorders, requiring comprehensive identification and treatment for optimal clinical outcomes. While the combination of medication and psychotherapy is generally effective, emerging evidence supports using neuromodulation techniques (eg, deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation) for treatment-resistant cases.

This activity reviews the epidemiology, etiology, clinical presentation, and management of OCD, providing healthcare professionals with the knowledge and tools to improve patient care for this complex and prevalent condition. Emphasizing the importance of prompt recognition for timely diagnosis and intervention, the activity presents evaluation strategies and offers guidelines for differentiating OCD from similar psychiatric disorders. Varying etiologies, clinical presentations, and prognostic factors pertinent to OCD are also reviewed. By participating in this transformative activity, healthcare professionals will augment their clinical expertise and enhance their collaborative capacities, significantly improving patient care in OCD management.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the criteria utilized to diagnose a patient with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Implement evidence-based treatment plans for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Assess the diverse etiological factors contributing to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Implement interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to improve outcomes for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.


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