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

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Treatments taken by people for obsessive-compulsive disorder

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1628
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
760
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
189
Treatment name(s)

(Anafranil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114

Data from patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
anger feeling abandoned 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite nausea 17 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (8 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain fog 9 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Anafranil)
Perceived effectiveness
for obsessive-compulsive disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anorgasmia 8 more
Total evaluations
5
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has obsessive-compulsive disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 668 say OCD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 47
20s 599
30s 1283
40s 1234
50s 949
60s 457
70+ 138
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1252
20-29 years 316
30-39 years 154
40-49 years 73
50-59 years 13
60-69 years 4
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1054
Female 3671

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2389
Not Diagnosed 1811

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