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PTSD and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

PTSD and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Date Created: 07/26/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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PTSD and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Author(s):

Stephanie Sacks, PhD


Most individuals with PTSD also meet criteria for at least one additional mental health diagnosis. Some difficulties that co-occur with PTSD, such as substance use disorders, mood disorders, and sleep issues, are better studied, understood and integrated into the knowledge base regarding best practices for the treatment of PTSD. However, there is a scarcity of research, information and clinical guidance for individuals that meet diagnostic criteria PTSD and co-occurring obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

This course helps to bridge that gap by highlighting emerging literature on co-occurring PTSD and OCD. The author provides tools for effective differential diagnosis of PTSD and OCD and outlines clinical tips and guidance for effective treatment when a client meets criteria for both PTSD and OCD.

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify the similarities and differences between PTSD and OCD
  • Discuss at least 2 effective and well-validated clinical measures to assist in the evaluation of OCD
  • Describe the gold-standard treatments of co-occurring PTSD and OCD
  • Discuss effective treatment planning with clients who have co-occurring PTSD and OCD to address their concerns

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health