Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Unearthing a hidden problem

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ABSTRACTObsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the fourth most common psychiatric disorder. Yet patients often avoid seeking help because they are ashamed. Diagnosis is difficult, but familiarity with the nature of OCD and its current management helps primary care physicians identify patients with OCD and make informed judgments about treatment and referral. We review common symptoms, causes, drug therapy, behavioral therapy, and quality of life issues in patients with OCD.


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