Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.Aside from a yearly doctors visit there are no screening tests or screening guidelines for obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are some research tools, though, that doctors use when studying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale, for people aged 14 and older, is commonly used. There is also a version of this scale to be used with children.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety Disorders Association of Americawebsite. Available at: http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/symptoms . Accessed September 8, 2008.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Healthwebsite. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml . April 2008. Accessed September 8, 2008.
Table of all screening tools and rating scales: obsessive-compulsive disorder detail. Massachusetts General Hospital: School of Psychiatry Program website. Available at: http://www2.massgeneral.org/schoolpsychiatry/screening%5Focd.asp . Accessed September 8, 2008.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013
Many medical groups felt that early exposure to certain foods like peanuts increased a child's risk of developing food allergies. However, newer research including this trial suggest that early exposure may actually decrease the risk of developing food allergies.
Breastfeeding May Decrease the Risk of Childhood Obesity
Tonsillectomy May Reduce Number of Sore Throat Days in Children
Research Review Finds Little Support for Nearly Half of Medical Talk Show Recommendations