• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosis and Tests

History Taking: A doctor will note down all symptoms including behaviour and frequency of symptoms, and consider if there is a family history of OCD. This is done not only to establish a positive diagnosis, but also to rule out other conditions.

Evaluation: A doctor should tactfully establish if a particular symptom is only by habit or obsession. Symptoms should be of sufficient intensity as to disrupt normal life of patient.

Mental Health Assessment Test: A list of carefully drawn questionnaires will help to establish diagnosis.

Child OCD: It is difficult to diagnose OCD in a child because children usually do not realize if they have a condition, and they appear confused on questioning. A gentle approach, knowledge of OCD and circumspection is necessary.

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