Obsessive-compulsive disorder

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What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (28) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
41
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (40) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (22) obsessive-compulsive disorder (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (35) obsessive-compulsive disorder (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
anxious mood (12) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (19) anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
anxious mood (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (6)
1 more

Data from patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite nervousness 13 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (28) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dissociation 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (40) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation apathy 14 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (22) obsessive-compulsive disorder (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness addiction 11 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (35) obsessive-compulsive disorder (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) anxious mood 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
anxious mood (12) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in mouth excessive appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (19) anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth tiredness
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder decreased appetite 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (10) obsessive-compulsive disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain cramps in legs 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (6)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has obsessive-compulsive disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 55
20s 721
30s 1,177
40s 1,140
50s 759
60s 304
70+ 78
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,161
20-29 years 299
30-39 years 150
40-49 years 70
50-59 years 13
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,138
Not Diagnosed 1,803

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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