Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adolescence

Science Insights, 26 May 2016
Volume 2016
Doi: 10.15354/si.16.cr019
Case Report
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adolescence
Anand Prakash, PhD,*,∆; Nutan Kumari, MD
Author Affiliations
*: Clinical Psychology, Department of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, PO Box-31906, Jeddah-21418, Saudi Arabia
†: Department of Anatomy, Katihar Medical College, Katihar, Bihar, India
∆: Correspondence to: Dr. Anand Prakash,  Email: anandprakash72@yahoo.com


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) isn’t commonly observed during adolescence as compared to the adulthood. Especially mostly in countries like India and other developing societies, where awareness, orientation to mental health and its psychological treatment are undergoing 'infancy or adolescence' for several reasons, the neurotic disorders of children and adolescents (e.g., anxiety disorders) are rarely reported to mental health clinicians. Rather, psychotic disorders are even registered quite delayed in hospitals and private clinics. In such scenario, referral and clinical consultation for treatment of the obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescence is indeed uncommon. The present study is a case report of a 17-year old adolescent male with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The case was registered in a general medical clinic and referred to the author for further psychological assessment and intervention. He was comprehensively examined through clinical interview, Y-BOCS and treated by cognitive-behavior technique of intervention without the inclusion of psychiatric treatment. Details of the psychological assessment and intervention have been presented in this case report.

KeywordsObsessive-compulsive disorder; Clinical interview; Mental status examination; Cognitive-behavior therapy