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The International OCD Foundation estimates that between 2 and 3 million adults in the United States suffer from ­­obsessive-­compulsive disorder. • The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that ­­obsessive-­ compulsive disorder is two to three times more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Facts and Illustrations • According to the group OCD Chicago, ­­obsessive-­compulsive disorder is the fourth most common psychiatric disorder, after phobias, substance abuse, and depression.

To kill myself 3 times. I hated my life and everyone normal.  . ”66 Tina never succeeded in taking her own life—but tragically, other OCD sufferers do. Pat Kenny’s son Sean was diagnosed with depression when he was five years old and with OCD when he was in high school. Kenny, who is a fire chief from Illinois, says that his son endured immense suffering and was hospitalized numerous times. None of the countless medications he tried eased his symptoms, nor was any other treatment effective. ” Finally, the young man could not stand it anymore and died from an intentional overdose.

They were one-way streets, and since he had no way of reversing the turn, he could not even things out in his troubled mind. For the same reason, he was also obsessed with taking the exact same route to and from any destination. One day he was riding with a friend who, being short on time, decided to take a different ” 40 What Causes ­Obsessive-­Compulsive Disorder? route home than he had taken to get to a restaurant. Zine hollered and pleaded with him to go the same way, but the friend kept driving because he was running late.

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