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What is the epidemiology of obsessive compulsive disorder?

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OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) affects 2% of people worldwide. The most common mental illness that co-occurs with OCD is depression. Only 16.9% of people with OCD have full recovery. And of those who recover from OCD, nearly 60% will have a relapse (Carandang, 2014).

In other words:

  • OCD is not uncommon
  • Only a minority have recovery from OCD
  • Of those who recover from OCD, the majority have relapse

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“Chapter 7 – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.” Anxiety Protocol. Carandang C. 2014. Healthy Mind Research Corporation.

answered Jan 26, 2016 by drcarlo (294,430 points)