Statistics about Obsessive-compulsive disorder


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Obsessive-compulsive disorder. The term 'prevalence' of Obsessive-compulsive disorder usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Obsessive-compulsive disorder at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Obsessive-compulsive disorder refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Obsessive-compulsive disorder: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  Prevalance of Obsessive-compulsive disorder: 3.3 million adult Americans (NIMH); 2.3% adults (NIMH); 1 in 50 people (NWHIC); 2.4% adults (USSG)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 82 or 1.21% or 3.3 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence (annual) of Obsessive-compulsive disorder: 2.3% adults annualy (NIMH)
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 43 or 2.30% or 6.3 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Obsessive-compulsive disorder: OCD afflicts about 3.3 million adult Americans.1
  Incidence of Obsessive-compulsive disorder: About 2.3% of the U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 3.3 million Americans - has OCD in a given year. 2
  Prevelance statistics about Obsessive-compulsive disorder: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Obsessive-compulsive disorder:
  • Affects men and women equally in the US (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)

Society statistics for Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  Costs for Obsessive-compulsive disorder: $8.4 billion in 1990 in social and economic losses in the USA (NIMH)
  Costs for Obsessive-compulsive disorder: OCD cost the U.S. $8.4 billion in 1990 in social and economic losses, nearly 6% of the total mental health bill of $148 billion. 2
  Hospitalization statistics for Obsessive-compulsive disorder: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Obsessive-compulsive disorder:
  • 0.006% (716) of hospital consultant episodes were for obsessive-compulsive disorder in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 96% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for obsessive-compulsive disorder in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 21 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for obsessive-compulsive disorder in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for obsessive-compulsive disorder in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for obsessive-compulsive disorder were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.05% (28,050) of hospital bed days were for obsessive-compulsive disorder in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH
2. excerpt from Facts about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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