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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David, living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
David
June 29, 2012
David spent the first half of his life as a sweet, if somewhat hyper, child who enjoyed drawing. The second half he has spent as a struggling and haunted adult...
Ann M. Graybiel, Ph.D., Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ann M. Graybiel, Ph.D.
May 31, 2012
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awarded the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for 2012 to Ann M. Graybiel, Ph.D., Institute Professor, Massachusetts...
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...

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