Misdiagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder


About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder or confirming a diagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Obsessive-compulsive disorder may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Obsessive-compulsive disorder: For a diagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Obsessive-compulsive disorder:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Obsessive-compulsive disorder is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder: A lot of healthy people can identify with having some of the symptoms of OCD, such as checking the stove several times before leaving the house. But the disorder is diagnosed only when such activities consume at least an hour a day, are very distressing, and interfere with daily life. 1

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder:

  • Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome can have different frequency, form and intensity of symptoms

Misdiagnosis cases for Obsessive-compulsive disorder: No cases available yet.

1. excerpt from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: NWHIC

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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