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Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
There are no current screening tests or screening guidelines for obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are some research tools, though, that doctors use when studying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale, for people aged 14 and older, is commonly used. There is also a version of this scale to be used with children. These may be reviewed during an regular physical exam.


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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml. Updated January 2016. Accessed June 15, 2016.
Table of all screening tools and rating scales: obsessive-compulsive disorder detail. Massachusetts General Hospital: School of Psychiatry Program website. Available at: http://www2.massgeneral.org/schoolpsychiatry/screening%5Focd.asp. Accessed June 15, 2016.

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