Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Did you know the average age of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) onset is 19 years old?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand-washing, counting or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

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Kate D. Fitzgerald, M.D., Assistant Prof., Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Kate D. Fitzgerald, M.D.
January 19, 2012
From The Quarterly, Winter 2012 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the most severe of the anxiety disorders, is characterized by recurrent, intrusive...
John S. March, MD, MPH
John S. March, MD, MPH
October 19, 2011
A recent 12-week study conducted by a team including John S. March, MD, MPH and Scott Compton, PhD indicates that cognitive behavioral therapy, in addition to...
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
September 20, 2011
Currently, there is only one type of medication that has been shown to be effective in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Serotonin Reuptake...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
February 16, 2011
Patient Voices: OCD Nagging doubts, compulsions, concerns of contamination, obsessive hoarding: the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are numerous and...
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.  NARSAD Young, Independent Investigator Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Director, Anxiety Disorders Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
February 01, 2011
From The Quarterly, Winter 2011 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the most severe of the anxiety disorders, is typified by intrusive, distressing thoughts...

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