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  • Approximately 2.3% of people between the ages of 18 and 54 suffer from OCD
  • OCD is as common in men as it is in women
  • OCD is found all over the world in every culture
  • 1/3 to 1/2 of adults with OCD showed signs of it in childhood
  • Only about 10% of OCD sufferers are in treatment
  • The earlier treatment for OCD starts the better the prognosis
  • OCD can coexist with other disorders such as eating disorders, other anxiety disorders and depression.
  • Stress and illness can make the symptoms of OCD worse
  • It used to be believed that OCD was a rare illness
  • 1 in 200 adults have OCD
  • The earliest signs of OCD have shown in preschool aged children
  • Boys tend to develop OCD at an earlier age than girls (6-15 for boys 20-29 for girls)
  • Most cases of OCD have become apparent by the age of 40
  • Early diagnosis and treatment improves the prognosis of recovery




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