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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-68

Atypical presentation of childhood obsessive compulsive disorder


Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Institute, Shriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Satyakam Mohapatra
Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Institute, Shrirama Chandra Bhanja Medical College, Cuttack - 753 007, Odisha
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.175124

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. The phenomenology of OCD in children and adolescent is strikingly similar to that of adults. But at times, the presentation of OCD may be so atypical or unusual in children and adolescents that may lead to misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis. We report a case of 10-year-old child who was initially misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and treated with antipsychotic for 2 months. But once the core symptoms were recognized as obsessions and compulsions and appropriately treated in the line of OCD, the symptoms resolved significantly.


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