Diagnosis/Outcome identification

Diagnosis/Outcome identification

  • Nursing diagnoses commonly associated with anxiety, O C D, and related disorders
    • Panic anxiety (panic disorder and G A D)
    • Powerlessness (panic disorder and G A D)
    • Fear (phobias)
    • Social isolation (agoraphobia)
    • Ineffective role performance (O C D)
    • Ineffective coping (O C D)
    • Disturbed body image (body dysmorphic disorder)
    • Ineffective impulse control (hair-pulling disorder)

Outcome: The Patient

  • Is able to recognize signs of escalating anxiety and intervene before reaching panic level (panic and G A D)
  • Is able to maintain anxiety at manageable level and make independent decisions about life situation (panic and G A D)
  • Functions adaptively in the presence of the phobic object or situation without experiencing panic anxiety (phobic disorder)
  • Verbalizes a future plan of action for responding in the presence of the phobic object or situation without developing panic anxiety (phobic disorder)
  • Is able to maintain anxiety at a manageable level without resorting to the use of ritualistic behavior (O C D)
  • Demonstrates more adaptive coping strategies for dealing with anxiety than ritualistic behaviors (O C D)
  • Verbalizes a realistic perception of his or her appearance and expresses feelings that reflect a positive body image (body dysmorphic disorder)
  • Verbalizes and demonstrates more adaptive strategies for coping with stressful situations (hair-pulling disorder)


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