Obsessive compulsive disorder is a chronic mental health condition in which the individual has recurring, unwanted thoughts or fears that cause a significant amount of stress that can only be relieved by performing ritualistic behavior. The recurring thoughts or fears are the individual’s obsessions. The ritualistic activity that alleviates the obsessive thoughts and the associated stress is the compulsion.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The pathophysiology of OCD and who is most at risk
  • Complications of the condition
  • Key signs and symptoms of OCD
  • Priority nursing assessments
  • How OCD is diagnosed
  • Treatment for OCD, including cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacology
  • Important patient education

Read the article about obsessive compulsive disorder and view references here.

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