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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Program

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder afflicting 1-3% of the population. Symptoms usually begin in childhood or adolescence and may affect people throughout their lives, varying from mild to severely disabling. Patients are often embarrassed by their symptoms and misunderstood by others. Effective treatments (medication and behavioral) are available, but the search for better treatment options continues.

Our goals are to provide the most effective clinical care to individuals with OCD, to conduct research to identify its causes, with the aim of developing more effective treatments and preventive measures, and  advocating through education for those suffering from OCD. Our outpatient clinic provides diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management, and behavioral therapies. Our genetic and epidemiology research studies strive to identify the genetic causes of OCD and to better characterize different forms of the disorder. We participate in forums that enhance the education of health-care providers and inform public discussions in order to improve the well-being of those suffering from OCD.

For research information contact:
Dr. Jack Samuels
JHU Psychiatry Research
550 Building, Room 902
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (410) 614-4942
email: jacks@jhmi.edu

For clinical information contact:
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 13
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-5212