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Clinical Presentation of OCD 

Clinical Presentation of OCD
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Clinical Presentation of OCD
Author(s):

Fred Penzel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190228163.003.0002
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date: 26 June 2022

This chapter seeks to lay out the chief hallmarks and manifestations of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), especially for readers who do not already have direct experience with its phenomenology. As such it lays a foundation for a more detailed discussion of focused topics that follows later in this volume. Common obsessions and compulsions are described, as well as typical characteristics. This disorder causes great suffering. It was long thought to be uncommon, was not well defined, and was subject to much misdiagnosis. Research and clinical experience over the past 35 years have done much to clarify the diagnosis, and are reviewed here.

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