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
41
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (28) depressed mood (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (24) depressed mood (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
31
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (31) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (13) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
depressed mood (15) obsessive-compulsive disorder (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (10) obsessive-compulsive disorder (5)
2 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 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite decreased sex drive (libido) 22 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (28) depressed mood (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite diarrhea 18 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (24) depressed mood (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bipolar depressive episodes 8 more
Total evaluations
26
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood feeling abandoned 6 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
obsessive-compulsive disorder (31) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood apathy 16 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (13) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder excessive anger 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (15) obsessive-compulsive disorder (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain fog 9 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite hypomania
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision dizziness 32 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (10) obsessive-compulsive disorder (5)
2 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 50
20s 710
30s 1280
40s 1183
50s 861
60s 391
70+ 107
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1228
20-29 years 314
30-39 years 153
40-49 years 73
50-59 years 13
60-69 years 4
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1024
Female 3573

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2358
Not Diagnosed 1816

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