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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is
an anxiety disorder that usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood,
but may begin in childhood. When OCD starts in childhood, it is more common
in boys than in girls. The usual time of onset is later for females than
males, so the disorder is equally common among adult men and women. Without
treatment, OCD usually follows a chronic course, and some persons become
severely disabled by it. The October 27, 2004, issue of JAMA includes an article about treating OCD in children
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by the presence
of obsessions or compulsions or (as is often the case) both of them. The
obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, are time-consuming, and
interfere with the person's normal functioning.
Parmet S, Glass TJ, Glass RM. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. JAMA. 2004;292(16):2040. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.16.2040
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