Those with OCD are often misdiagnosed as having anxiety, personality disorders, certain types of phobias, or Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Others with milder cases are often told they are just excessively neat or worry too much and are never encouraged to get professional help.
If you or someone you love has the symptoms of OCD, it’s crucial you get an official diagnosis. Choose the OCD clinic that specializes in this disorder and make an appointment with one of their physicians. During your appointment, the physician may perform a physical exam to help rule out other problems that could be causing your symptoms and to check for related complications. The physician will then likely order lab tests including a screening for drugs and alcohol, a complete blood count, and a check of your thyroid function.
Finally, the physician at EzCare medical Clinic will conduct a psychological evaluation to find out more about your thoughts, behavior patterns, and emotions and may also ask to speak to family or friends about how your symptoms affect them and anything else they have observed that could help with a diagnosis. Many physicians will use criteria from the DSM-5 to determine a diagnosis of OCD.