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Assessing OCD Symptoms and Severity

Nicole M. Dorfan and Sheila R. Woody

in The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376210
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376210.013.0051

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessing OCD Symptoms and Severity

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This chapter describes methods and tools for assessing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The chapter outlines the purposes of assessment and discusses special challenges presented by OCD, such as shame associated with socially unacceptable obsessional content. Several types of assessment tools are discussed, including structured diagnostic interviews, semistructured clinician interviews to assess OCD symptom profile and severity, self-report instruments, behavioral assessment and self-monitoring, assessment of appraisals and beliefs relevant to OCD, and functional impairment. The importance of linking assessment findings to an evidence-based treatment plan is discussed.

Keywords: OCD; obsessive compulsive disorder; assessment; Y-BOCS; diagnosis; self-report; cognition; symptoms

Article.  13356 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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