The National Institute of Mental Health

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), one of the anxiety disorders, is a potentially disabling condition that can persist throughout a person's life. The individual who suffers from OCD becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. OCD occurs in a spectrum from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, can destroy a person's capacity to function at work, at school, or even in the home.

The case histories in this brochure are typical for those who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder--a disorder that can be effectively treated. However, the characters are not real.


yellow arrow buttons How Common Is OCD?
yellow arrow buttons Key Features of OCD
yellow arrow buttons What Causes OCD?
yellow arrow buttons Do I Have OCD?
yellow arrow buttons Treatment of OCD; Progress Through Research
yellow arrow buttons How to Get Help for OCD
yellow arrow buttons What the Family Can Do to Help
yellow arrow buttons Continuing Research
yellow arrow buttons If You Have Special Needs
yellow arrow buttons For Further OCD Information
yellow arrow buttons OCD References


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conducts and supports research nationwide on mental illness and mental health, including studies of the brain, behavior, and mental health services. NIMH is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the principal biomedical and behavioral research agency of the United States Government. NIMH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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