OCD Facts


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
Saint Johns, Florida
Fax: 855-823-3434
Telephone: 904-410-6324
Helping patients from Jacksonville, Orange Park, and St Augustine to learn to manage their OCD symptoms.

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