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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Dermatology
Tuesday, March 05
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Thelda M. Kestenbaum, MD, FAAD - Handout
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Recognize common skin manifestations of obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Manage patients with OCD more effectively.
- Use psychotropic drugs when indicated.
Prevalence of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in dermatology outpatients is at least seven times more common than in the general population. About 14% to 25% of dermatology patients being seen for disorders other than just skin cancer have OCD.
It is imperative that dermatologists have skills to recognize and appropriately treat patients with this disorder.
Behavioral therapy and psychotropic drugs remain the mainstay of treatment. Basic understanding of medications that may prove useful in OCD will be discussed.