Chapter 6. Costs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Review

  1. Mario Maj2,
  2. Norman Sartorius3,
  3. Ahmed Okasha4 and
  4. Joseph Zohar5
  1. Martin Knapp,
  2. Juliet Henderson and
  3. Anita Patel

Published Online: 28 NOV 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0470846496.ch6

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Volume 4

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Volume 4

How to Cite

Knapp, M., Henderson, J. and Patel, A. (2000) Costs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Review, in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Volume 4 (eds M. Maj, N. Sartorius, A. Okasha and J. Zohar), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470846496.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 3

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  3. 4

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

  4. 5

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

Author Information

  1. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 NOV 2001
  2. Published Print: 16 JUN 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471871637

Online ISBN: 9780470846490



  • obsessive-compulsive disorder;
  • diagnosis;
  • economics;
  • outcomes;
  • quality of life;
  • cost of illness


The economic consequences of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are wide-ranging, often long-lasting, and sometimes profound. They fall not only to the people with the disorder but also to their families and – to a much lesser degree – to the wider society. The costs of OCD are to be reckoned not simply in terms of treatments received and health services utilized – although these are themselves often sizeable and usually central to the concerns of decision makers – but also by reference to personal income, the ability to work, productive contributions to the national economy, and the impoverishment of quality of life. The paucity of economic evidence makes it difficult to draw particularly strong conclusions about what is known about OCD, except that the disorder has quite large and wide-ranging costs.