5 Mar 2016

The College of Psychiatrists organised a CME talk on 16 February 2016, from 9.00am to 11.00am at Health Promotion Board, Ground floor lecture room.

A/Prof Tord Ivarsson, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden was the speaker at the event. The talk was chaired by Dr Ong Say How, Head & Senior Consultant (Child & Adolescent Mental Wellness Service), KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

The topic of the talk was “The treatment of children and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): the disorder, the evidence and the practise.”

The talk describes OCD phenomenology and clinical features as well as some aspects of etiology and pathogenesis. Learning theory and its application to pathogenesis and treatment with CBT will be discussed, with an emphasis on practical issues. The neurological findings in OCD and how it may relate to pharmacological treatment, effects and side-effects will be considered. The evidence for these treatments, and its limitations will be discussed. Treatment non-, or partial response will as well be discussed, particularly with regard to factors that contribute to weak response and ways of circumventing, and when necessary, augmenting weak response. Finally, a treatment algorithm will be presented based on the extant evidence.


About 25 doctors attended the event. The College would like to thank Dr Ong for organising the event and A/Prof Ivarsson for speaking at the event.