An article in Psychiatry Advisor reports that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is prevalent and consistent across cultures and countries. OCD was previously classified as an anxiety disorder, but has recently been re-classified into its own category along with other disorders characterized by repetitive thoughts and behaviors. People who develop OCD as young adults appear to significantly differ from those who develop OCD at younger ages. Late-onset OCD tends to affect females more than males and is typically a milder form of the illness with less familial prevalence. Early-onset OCD is more likely to affect males, run in families, have greater symptom severity, poor functioning, and a poorer response to treatment. To read this article in its entirety, click here