OCD AWARENESS WEEK IS OCTOBER 11-17
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all walks of life and all ages. It occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, images, intrusive thoughts, or urges that trigger intense feelings or distress. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease their distress.
How Many Adults Have OCD?
This is roughly the same number of people living in the city of Houston, Texas.
There are at least 1 in 200 – or 500,000 – kids and teens that have OCD. This is about the same number of kids who have diabetes.
The International OCD Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD, the Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members and loved ones, and mental health professionals and researchers around the world. We have affiliates in 25 states and territories in the US, in addition to global partnerships with other OCD organizations and mental health non-profits around the world.
The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by: