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(p. 311) Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder 

(p. 311) Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder
(p. 311) Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

Shannon M. Blakey

, and Jonathan S. Abramowitz

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date: 29 October 2020

Abstract: Obsessive–compulsive disorder is classified as an obsessive–compulsive and related disorder characterized by obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are persistent intrusive thoughts, ideas, images, or doubts that are experienced as unacceptable, senseless, or bizarre. The intrusions also evoke subjective distress (e.g., anxiety, fear, and doubt) and are not simply everyday worries about work, relationships, or finances. This chapter focuses on the assessment of obsessive–compulsive disorder in adults. It begins with a review of the nature of the disorder, which is followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed for the assessment purposes of (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations are included for instruments with the greatest scientific support and for assessing obsessive–compulsive disorder in a clinically sensitive manner.

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