Who Gets OCD?

OCD can start at any time from preschool to adulthood.

Although OCD can occur at any age, there are generally two age ranges when OCD tends to first appears:

  • Between the ages 8 and 12.
  • Between the late teen years and early adulthood.

Adults

Our best estimates are that about 1 in 100 adults — or between 2 to 3 million adults in the United States — currently have OCD. [1] [2]

This is roughly the same number of people living in the city of Houston, Texas.

Children

There are also 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.

That means four or five kids with OCD are likely to be enrolled in any average size elementary school. In a medium to large high school, there could be 20 students struggling with the challenges caused by OCD. [3]

 

 


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