Obsessive-compulsive disorder in children: The role of nurse practitioners


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Abstract

Purpose:To review the characteristics of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children, differential diagnoses, screening and assessment tools, interventions, and outcomes. The role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in caring for children with OCD and the need for more research are discussed.Data sources:Review of published literature on the topic.Conclusions:OCD is now recognized as a common psychiatric disorder that may go unrecognized during childhood, leading to interference with a child's development and daily functioning. Early identification and treatment of OCD are crucial for a child's psychosocial functioning and quality of life.Implications for practice:NPs familiar with OCD in children can identify patients and make informed judgments about assessment, treatment, and referral.

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