Many people report that obsessive and/or compulsive symptoms began slowly and gradually during their childhood or teenage years and became worse as time went on. Most cases of OCD are first diagnosed during the teenage years or early adulthood. The average age when the disorder first appears is around 19 years of age. Ocd affects adult men and women the same.
For most people, OCD fallows a chronic course of ups and downs, meaning that there will be flar-ups of symptoms fallowed by periods of reduced symptoms. Flare-ups of symptoms often occure at stressful times.