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Is OCD on the Rise?

OCD is not new and it’s not suddenly increasing. Thanks to ongoing research, much more is known about this neurobiological anxiety disorder today than ever before.

There were no consumer books written about OCD until the late 1980s.  Until relatively recently, information was not readily available via the Internet. And just decades ago, medical research of OCD hadn’t even begun.

Given all this, few tools were available in the past to help doctors understand OCD—or to help people struggling with OCD make sense of their unusual behavior and help them treat that behavior.  Many sufferers never asked their family physician for help, and also did not have access to mental health professionals. And it’s likely that many people with the disorder hid the truth from everyone but their closest family, for fear of exposure, gossip and shame.

So experts now believe that while OCD was always present in some children and adults in the past,  the number of OCD cases was very much underreported, giving the impression that OCD is a “new” disorder today, or that it is increasing for some unknown reason.

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