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Clinical Practice  |   February 2002
Obsessive-compulsive disorder: identification, neurobiology, and treatment
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Psychiatry
Clinical Practice   |   February 2002
Obsessive-compulsive disorder: identification, neurobiology, and treatment
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2002, Vol. 102, 81-86. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2002.102.2.81
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2002, Vol. 102, 81-86. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2002.102.2.81
Abstract

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychiatric disorder. It may go unrecognized, however, as many patients are embarrassed by their symptoms and are thus reluctant to report them. Recent research findings on OCD point to neurologic dysfunction in the circuitry of the orbitofrontal cortex and basal ganglia. The advent of the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) as well as behavioral therapy has greatly improved treatment outcomes for patients with OCD. Given the likelihood that these patients are encountered in primary care consultations, physicians have the opportunity to play a crucial role in the early identification and proper treatment of OCD.