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A Look Into The Future: Biobehavioral Sensing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Patients

Introduction to obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a highly disabling psychiatric condition in which unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses (known as obsessions) trigger compensatory actions (known as compulsions).1 These symptoms are highly debilitating, as they disrupt many different domains within patients’ lives, including health, education, occupation, and social functioning.2-5 Due in part to its extensive impact as well as a high lifetime prevalence (2.3% in US adults), OCD has been ranked by the World Health Organization as one of the most disabling diseases by lost income and decreased quality of life.5,6