Valerie is a 27-year-old woman who has been referred by her primary care provider.
Valerie’s exhaustive routine at night involves repetitive checking that all doors and windows are locked, which is an example of compulsion related to her fear of home invasion. Her obsession is related to the fear of home invasion and harm from strangers and requires further assessment for OCD. Valerie is a 27-year-old woman who has been referred by her primary care provider.
Valerie is a 27-year-old woman who has been referred by her primary care provider. She was initially diagnosed with major depressive episode following a breakup with her boyfriend of 7 years. They moved into a house together 1 year ago, but within a few months the boyfriend moved out. Valerie was unresponsive to medication for depression and was referred to the mental health clinic. During this initial psychiatric evaluation, the PMHNP learns that a primary reason for the breakup was that Valerie had an extensive routine every night of repeatedly checking every door and window in the home to ensure that they were locked. Valerie’s nighttime routine is exhaustive and involves checking every door and window at least four times. She has a remote history of being attacked in her home while alone and states that she is unable to go to bed until she is certain that every door and window is locked. When considering diagnostic criteria for OCD, the PMHNP needs further assessment to ascertain which diagnostic criteria?