ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R46.81

Obsessive-compulsive behavior

Diagnosis Code R46.81

ICD-10: R46.81
Short Description: Obsessive-compulsive behavior
Long Description: Obsessive-compulsive behavior
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R46.81

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The code R46.81 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving cognition, perception, emotional state and behavior (R40-R46)
      • Symptoms and signs involving appearance and behavior (R46)

Information for Medical Professionals

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.

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  • Addiction
  • Compulsion expressed as ritual
  • Compulsive arrangement of objects
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Compulsive buying
  • Compulsive checking
  • Compulsive cleaning
  • Compulsive counting
  • Compulsive drug taking
  • Compulsive handwashing
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Compulsive purposeless behavior
  • Compulsive repeating
  • Compulsive tidying
  • Compulsive touching
  • Compulsive uncontrollable drug taking
  • Compulsive washing
  • Compulsive water drinking
  • Excessive exercise
  • Inability to resist compulsive behaviors
  • Obsessive behavior
  • Psychological addiction

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Also called: OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. If you have OCD, you have frequent, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. To try to control the thoughts, you feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors. These are called compulsions.

Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs or a fear of being hurt. Compulsions include washing your hands, counting, checking on things, or cleaning. With OCD, the thoughts and rituals cause distress and get in the way of your daily life.

Researchers think brain circuits may not work properly in people who have OCD. It tends to run in families. The symptoms often begin in children or teens. Treatments include therapy, medicines, or both. One type of therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, is useful for treating OCD.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)

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