What is the initial approach for management of treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Strategies should always include an assessment of complicating diagnoses, medication compliance, drug dose, and duration of therapy.

The presence of a comorbid diagnosis that has not been addressed, such as depression or panic disorder, can interfere with clinical recovery, and identification may guide the choice of interventions. Targeted interventions might include, for example, lithium or antipsychotic augmentation or ECT for depression.


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