The epidemiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder in five US communities

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1988 Dec;45(12):1094-9. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1988.01800360042006.


The prevalence of obsessive-compulsive disorder was measured in five US communities among more than 18,500 persons in residential settings as part of the National Institute of Mental Health (Bethesda, Md)--sponsored Epidemiologic Catchment Area program. Lifetime prevalence rates ranged from 1.9% to 3.3% across the five Epidemiologic Catchment Area sites for obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosed without DSM-III exclusions and 1.2% to 2.4% with such exclusions. These rates are about 25 to 60 times greater than had been estimated on the basis of previous studies of clinical populations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Community Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manuals as Topic
  • Middle Aged
  • National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • United States