How is OCD diagnosed?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the 4th most frequently treated psychiatric illness after phobias, addictions and depression.
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Diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

The diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder is based on a clinical examination revealing the presence of obsessions, compulsions or both. One or both of these symptoms must disrupt the person’s daily life for at least 1 hour a day for the diagnosis to be made. Some patients spend up to 8 hours a day on obsessions and rituals.

The diagnosis of OCD may also be made when the patient presents intense distress or suffering with serious consequences for their daily, personal or professional life.