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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Dermatology
Friday, March 21
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Thelda M. Kestenbaum, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Recognize patients with OCD.
- Manage OCD patients with up-to-date treatments.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has an overall prevalence of 2% to 3% in the general population but it has a prevalence of 15% to 24.7% in some general dermatology practices. Less than 20% of patients with OCD are in treatment and those that receive treatment have usually waited more than a decade to receive it. Neurotic excoriations, some recalcitrant hand eczemas, trichotillomania, onychotillomania, and onychophagia may sometimes be cutaneous manifestations. Perhaps body dysmorphic disorder, tanning addictions and rhinotellexomania may be related. Behavioral therapy and drug therapy offer improvement to well over half these patients.