Dr. Simpson explains how obsessive compulsive disorder/OCD is diagnosed.
When you diagnose OCD you look for obsessions and compulsions, and there are two important things to keep in mind. One is we all have funny thoughts from time to time and many of us have repetitive behaviors or habits. That isn’t OCD. OCD is when you have obsessions and compulsions that are lasting more than an hour a day, are terribly distressing, and interfere with your functioning.
About Dr. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.:
Through her research, Dr. Simpson is working to trace the brain circuits believed to play a major role in the development of obsessions and compulsions, and she has developed novel approaches to treatment. Her research has been supported by a NARSAD Young Investigator grant.