How many people affect OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately 2.2 million adults in the US each year, which adds up to 1.0% of the US population.
OCD is an anxiety disorder that was once believed to be rare, but recent years have reflected that more people may have OCD than previously estimated..
How does OCD affect the person?
OCD can affect people in different ways. Some people may spend much of their day carrying out various compulsions and be unable to get out of the house or manage normal activities. Others may appear to be coping with day-to-day life while still suffering a huge amount of distress from obsessive thoughts.
Which gender does OCD affect more?
The overall prevalence of OCD is equal in males and females, although the disorder more commonly presents in males in childhood or adolescence and tends to present in females in their twenties. Childhood-onset OCD is more common in males. Males are more likely to have a comorbid tic disorder.
Does OCD go away with age?
Because symptoms usually worsen with age, people may have difficulty remembering when OCD began, but can sometimes recall when they first noticed that the symptoms were disrupting their lives.
What triggers pure OCD?
When a Pure-O sufferer’s brain lands on a thought or question that is unacceptable to the person having the thought, the fear network of the brain is alerted that something is wrong and needs to be done about it IMMEDIATELY. This fight or flight experience is what causes the sufferer a great deal of distress.