1. Out of any group of 1000 Indians, OCD is seen in around 20. 
  2. It usually consists of repeated, troublesome thoughts (obsessions) pertaining to issues such as cleanliness, orderliness, security. The thoughts are often seen by the person experiencing them as excessive and illogical, but the person is unable to ignore them, and they may start interfering with his concentration.
  3. The thoughts usually subside when the person responds actively to the thoughts and carries out the task that they are compelling him/her to do. (Compulsions). If this response is prevented, the person experiences escalation in anxiety, which soon becomes unbearable.
  4. OCD, if not treated, gradually affects a person’s whole life, and a lot of people eventually develop depression.
  5. OCD is readily treatable, ideally with a combination of Psychotherapy and Short term medication. Response rates are high, with improvement being witnessed within a few weeks. With proper treatment, people with OCD can lead absolutely normal lives.