By: Jordyn Davis

What Is OCD?

An anxiety disorder that affects about 1-2% of the population. People with OCD experience both obsessions and compulsions.

What Is The Obsession Part?

Obsessions are unwanted and disturbing thoughts, images, or impulses that suddenly pop into the mind and cause a great deal of anxiety or distress.

What Is The Compulsion Part?

Compulsions are deliberate behaviors or mental acts that are carried out to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessions.

How Many People Are Affected?

From ages 18-54 about 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with OCD each year.