Between two and five percent of Americans have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), making it the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis. Even so, it takes an average of 17 years from the onset of symptoms for patients to find appropriate treatment. A debilitating disorder, OCD affects up to four million people in the United States, as well as countless more friends, family and caregivers.
In recognition of National OCD Awareness Week, we explore some of the latest treatments for the disorder with a Boston doctor who's one of the country's top OCD specialists, and we speak with one local man who lives with OCD every day.
- Dr. Michael Jenike, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, chairman of the scientific advisory board for the International OCD Foundation
- Jared Kant , graduate student living with OCD; author of "The Thought That Counts: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder"
This program aired on October 13, 2010.