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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Primary Care
June 24, 2022


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Obsessive compulsive disorder is neurobiologically and phenomenologically unique from other anxiety disorders. It requires a more nuanced assessment, with special consideration in prescribing first-line medications and psychotherapies. 



  • Describe the key diagnostic criteria and differential diagnosis of OCD in the primary care setting.
  • Understand the basic neurobiology of OCD and how it is different than other anxiety disorders. 
  • Be able to describe the first-line psychotherapy treatment for OCD to patients and families, and how this specific type of psychotherapy may be different than other modalities. 
  • Understand the psychopharmacological treatment options for OCD and how dosing strategies are different than for other pediatric psychiatric conditions. 


Presented by: Ryan Edwards, MD

Ryan Edwards, MDDr. Ryan Edwards is a Board-Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. As a native Nebraskan, he earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He then completed both his residency and post-graduate fellowship training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His clinical interests include outpatient-based child & adolescent psychiatry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, complex anxiety disorders of childhood, and integrative and collaborative care across healthcare disciplines. He greatly enjoys teaching the next generation of medical professionals, and as a professional cyclist in a past life, he is also interested in the mental healthcare of young athletes.


This webinar was a part of the Tele-Behavioral Health Consultation (TBHC) Primary Care Webinar Series.