Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Youth: Assessment and Treatment




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For pediatric patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinicians must address particular diagnostic and treatment challenges. Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder may have little insight into their obsessions and compulsions, requiring clinicians to provide age-appropriate education, motivation, and therapy. Treatment should take into account children’s developmental level, family accommodation, and comorbidities. If the onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder is sudden, clinicians may use pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome criteria and conduct appropriate tests.

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J Clin Psychiatry 2014;75(5):e13