Review decision date: February 2014

Review decision: 

Following consultation with stakeholders this guideline has now been placed on the static list

Next review date: TBC

The NICE guideline on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) covers:

  • the care people with OCD or BDD can expect to receive from their GP or other healthcare professional
  • what treatments may be offered, including psychological therapies and medication
  • the services that may help with OCD or BDD, including specialist mental health services
  • how families and carers may be able to support people with OCD and BDD, and how they can get support for themselves.

This guideline was previously called obsessive-compulsive disorder: core interventions in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.