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How to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 24 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-c

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of the more common serious mental illnesses. It can occur at any age but most often presents for the first time in adolescence. Long delays in diagnosis often occur, and the shame associated with the disorder may inhibit people from mentioning the symptoms. On page 424, Heyman and colleagues review the assessment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and discuss the current best treatment options, including guided self help, cognitive behaviour therapy, and drug treatment, as well as directions for the future.

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