What Is OCD?

Facts about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • OCD afflicts approximately one in fifty adults in the United States
  • OCD is the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis and one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
  • Approximately six million Americans are afflicted with this disorder
  • OCD is equally common in males and females.
  • Nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of all suffers will report that their OCD began in childhood. Some will even show signs in their preschool years. Cases of OCD have been reported in children as young as 1 1/2 years old.
  • OCD will evolve throughout a person’s life . Symptoms can change, worsen,and become milder or even disappear. Regardless, OCD is chronic and often disabling.
  • Typically OCD will worsen due to stress, illness, and disease.
  • OCD is sometimes accompanied by depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders.
  • Surveys estimate that most people with OCD hide their symptoms and less than 10% of those suffering are currently in treatment.
  • Most people see an average of three to four health professionals and spend more than nine years seeking treatment for OCD before they are correctly diagnosed.

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