OCD is a Treatable Medical Condition
Who Is Affected by OCD?

OCD affects literally millions of people around the world.  In the U.S., current estimates are that one in 40 adults and one in 100 school-aged children have OCD, which is between two and three percent of the population.  These estimates lead many to wonder how OCD could grow from a little-known condition just a few years ago to one of such widespread proportions today.

Once considered a rare condition, experts now believe OCD was often misdiagnosed in the past.  Many OCD sufferers did not seek treatment through a mental health professional, so reported numbers did not reflect the true number of cases.  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.

Our experience leads us to conclude that many of today’s OCD sufferers and their families, friends and loved ones continue to suffer in the darkness of that same fear.  But the suffering does not have to continue.

Fortunately, effective 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.

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.  Therefore, it’s important to learn to recognize the behaviors associated with OCD and, if seeking help for yourself or someone you care for, locate a therapist who is trained to treat OCD.

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