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Minerva Psichiatrica 2011 March;52(1):51-60

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The phenomenology, assessment and treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder

McGuire J. F. 1, Speisman B. B. 1, Storch E. A. 1, 2

1 Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, USA 2 Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, USA


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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by the presence of intrusive thoughts, impulses or images (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors, rituals or mental acts (compulsions) that cause significant distress or interference with daily functioning. OCD affects approximately 0.5-2% of sampled pediatric populations and is often accompanied by vast impairments in academic, social and family functioning. This paper provides an overview of the phenomenology of pediatric OCD, and reviews contemporary evidence-based assessments and treatments. The review concludes by highlighting future research directions in the field of pediatric OCD.

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