Facts About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- OCD afflicts approximately one in one hundred adults in the United States.
- OCD is the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis and one of the ten 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 sufferers will report that their OCD began in childhood. Some will even show signs in their pre-school years. Cases of OCD have been reported in children as young as 1 ½ years old.
- OCD will evolve throughout a person’s life. Symptoms can change, worsen, become milder or even disappear. Regardless, OCD is chronic and often disabling.
- Typically OCD will worsen due to stress, illnesses, 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.1
1Jenike, M.A. Clinical Practice: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. New England Journal of Medicine, 350(3): 259-265
Frank Morelli, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
501 STATE ROAD 13
Saint Johns, Florida
Helping patients from Jacksonville, Orange Park, and St Augustine to learn to manage their OCD symptoms.