n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in general practice : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



OCD consists of obsessions and compulsions. <br>OCD symptoms seem to be mediated by the serotonin system. <br>There is high co-morbidity with other psychiatric disorders, especially depression. <br>Treatment should include: <ul> <li>setting of treatment goals</li> <li>psycho-education and support</li> <li>medication (higher doses of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors may be needed) </li> <li>continuation of treatment for at least 1 year from time of improvement</li> <li>cognitive behavioural therapy - an effective option</li> <li>long-term follow-up.&lt;/li&gt;

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