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Video: New Survey Reveals More Than Half of Adults With OCD Say the Disorder Has a Negative Impact on Relationships at Home, Work and in Their Personal Life
Date:3/13/2008

It: Break Free from OCD" initiative includes notable spokespersons: Howie Mandel, host of the popular game show Deal or No Deal, who has spoken publicly about living with OCD; David Hoberman, the co-creator and executive producer of the of the award-winning USA Network series Monk, who based the show on some of his personal experiences with OCD; and Tony Shalhoub, who stars as Adrian Monk, a private investigator with OCD on the series Monk. These spokespersons, along with Jerilyn Ross, are featured in a series of television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) about OCD, which will begin airing nationwide this week.

"We are honored to have the involvement of Howie Mandel, David Hoberman and Tony Shalhoub as we work to help those affected by OCD break free from the disorder and get the help they need to live fulfilling, productive lives," Ross said.

A new Web site, http://www.treatocd.org, serves as an information resource for people with OCD, family members and health care professionals. The site provides a wealth of information about the disorder, including videos featuring OCD experts and people who are managing their symptoms and recovering from OCD, as well as the campaign's PSAs and free educational materials.
Additional survey findings:

-- 68 percent say their OCD symptoms have a negative impact on their

ability to carry out normal daily activities.

-- 45 percent feel as if they have no control over their lives.

-- 65 percent of adults with untreated OCD report misunderstandings with

friends and family.

-- 59 percent say their OCD has negatively affected their ability to have

a romantic relationship.

-- 46 percent say they have no close friends.

OCD symptoms have other negative results:

-- 49 percent report avoiding events they wanted to attend.

-- 34 percent report chronic late
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SOURCE Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
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