Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ~ Zia Huberty

What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). It's also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions and still have OCD.

How many people are affected by your mental illness?

About 2.3 percent of the U.S. population ages 18 to 54—approximately 3.3 million Americans—has OCD in a given year.

How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?

they can tell if they have this illness in many ways, If the avoid touching something out of fear of how dirty it is, washing and cleaning objects excessively, checking/ repeating things, worries and obsessions.

What treatments exist to treat your mental illness?

psychotherapy and medications are the 2 main treatments.

How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?

People can get help by asking someone they trust to lead them in the right direction for recovery

What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?

Doctors, therapists and the internet are good ways to gain knowledge.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
2.2 million, 1.0%
Equally common among men and women.
The median age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.






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