November 15, 2017
Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder performed poorer in school and were less likely to finish upper secondary education, start or finish a university degree and finish a postgraduate degree, particularly if they were diagnosed before age 18 years.
“One-third of patients with OCD develop the disorder before age 15 years, and about 50% report onset in childhood and adolescence. Clinical experience suggests that OCD might be negatively associated with the person’s education, not only in childhood and adolescence, but also in early adulthood. However, this topic has rarely been empirically investigated,” Ana Pérez-Vigil, MD, of Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and colleagues wrote.