Interesting Facts About OCD

Although adults realize in part that these obsessions and compulsions are senseless, they have great difficulty stopping them. Children with OCD may not realize their behavior is unusual.

  • There is a link between serotonin and dopamine, brain neurotransmitter chemicals, and OCD.
  • Often OCD affects the family. Family members are sometimes drawn into the OCD behavior. Disability may affect family finances.
  • Medication for OCD should be tried 10-12 weeks before judging effectiveness.
  • OCD affects men and women equally.
  • OCD can start at any age. In one third of adult patients the symptoms begin in childhood, adolescence or young adulthood.
  • OCD afflicts approximately 2% of the population.
  • The untreated symptoms may vary for years. The symptoms may go away, remain the same or worsen.
  • Evidence suggests that OCD runs in some families and may be genetically inherited.
  • It is not uncommon for a person with OCD to also have clinical depression, panic attacks, or both.
  • Persons having OCD often cleverly hide their OCD successfully from family and friends and coworkers.
  • Few OCD patients respond to placebos in contrast to 30 to 40% of depressed patients.
  • Persons having OCD often exhibit abnormal rates of metabolic activity in the frontal lobe and the basal ganglia of the brain.