How common is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects around three in 100 people. OCD can affect anyone at any age.

Dr. Michael J. Mufson, MD
Psychiatrist (Therapist)

About 2.2 million American adults have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD strikes men and women in roughly equal numbers. The disorder is most common among adolescents and young adults, although it sometimes begins in childhood. In males, the disorder usually starts about ages 6 to 15; in females, about ages 20 to 29. People who've had an injury or infection of the brain are at greater risk for OCD.

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