Department of Psychiatry

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Resources

OCD is a relatively common anxiety disorder that affects about 2% of the population. It often begins in childhood or teen years. Unfortunately too many individuals do not seek or receive treatment until many years after the onset of the disorder. The condition typically involves obsessions, which are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, and compulsions, which are physical (e.g. washing, checking, ordering, touching) and/or mental (e.g. counting) acts intended to relieve the discomfort and anxiety caused by the obsession. If the condition is more than mild, it can significantly impair social function and school or work performance. Individuals who have OCD often suffer with other anxiety problems and are at higher risk for the development of major depression. As we have learned more about the neurobiology and psychology of anxiety disorders, effective treatments including antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapies have been developed that now offer partial or full relief for many who struggle with this condition.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more about OCD, research in the field and the best practices in treatment and support for those affected by the disorder.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information about OCD available on the internet.