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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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...
Francis Lee, M.D., Ph.D. and Sergey Shmelkov, M.D.
Drs. Shmelkov and Lee
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 NARSAD investigators have discovered a gene that may be central in the development of symptoms in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,...
Tara Peris, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on obsessive compulsive disorder
Tara Peris, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 Kiki Chang, M.D., and Tara Peris, Ph.D., study and treat mental illness in children. In the clinic, Dr. Chang, a NARSAD Independent...


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