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When does obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) start?

For many people, OCD starts during childhood or the teen years. Most people are diagnosed at about age 19. Symptoms of OCD may come and go and be better or worse at different times.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder often begins in adolescence or early adulthood, but can also first occur in childhood.

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