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Who Is Affected by OCD?

OCD affects literally millions of people around the world.  In the U.S., current estimates are one in 40 adults and one in 100 school-aged children have OCD, which is between two and three percent of the population. It is the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis, after phobias, substance abuse and major depression.

Fortunately, treatment is available today, and people with OCD can get relief.  That’s good news for the six to nine million Americans with OCD, and the millions of others who are also affected when a family member, spouse, friend or student has OCD.

OCD doesn’t discriminate.  It affects men, women and children of all ages, races and ethnicities and from every socioeconomic level.

But despite the breakthroughs in treatment, many physicians and mental health professionals may not recognize the symptoms of OCD, or know how to treat the disorder.

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