TIME writer Jeffry Kluger looks at how OCD can be viewed as the heightened form of behaviours that would have been very useful as humans were evolving, how this has informed the way our brains are wired, and what we can do to counteract this.
With the twin obstacles of secrecy and mislabeling, the average lag time between the onset of the disorder and a proper diagnosis is now a shocking nine years, according to surveys of doctors conducted by the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. It takes an average of eight additional years before effective treatment is prescribed. If the disorder strikes a young person, as it often does, that can mean an entire childhood lost to illness. But all that is changing..."