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

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

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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 high-lighting future research directions in the field of pediatric OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalMinerva Psichiatrica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Pediatrics
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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