Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Most people who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are not correctly diagnosed and treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for at least 14 years!  In other words, they suffer needlessly and are misunderstood for a long, long time.  And they often misunderstand themselves, adding to their internal pain.  In fact, many people with OCD feel that they are "losing their mind." 

We do not know what causes OCD but there seems to be a genetic component in that it runs in families. One in 100 adults in the United States has OCD. And approximately one in 200 children have OCD. Although OCD can begin at any age, but it most often emerges between ages 8 and 12, or between late teens and adulthood.

OCD is a disorder of the brain and behaviors, causing severe anxiety.  OCD causes the body's warning (anxiety) to give "false alarms," as though there is a catastrophe when there is none.  Living with OCD is like living with constant alarms going off!

OCD includes Obsessions and Compulsions.