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Epidemiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder

While there are striking similarities between the phenomenology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adults, significant differences exist in terms of gender distribution, co-morbidity, familial contribution and developmental issues.

Epidemiology

Roughly a third of adults have their first symptoms before the age of 15. Earlier estimates of OCD from child psychiatric clinics range from 0.2 per cent to 1.2 per cent but more recent studies suggest prevalence rates ranging between 1 and 4 per cent.

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