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OCD has a prevalence rate of 2%–4% in
youths (Douglass et al. 1995; Zohar 1999).
The DSM-IV-TR criteria for OCD are the same in children and adults,
with the exception that children may not recognize that their obsessions or
compulsions are unreasonable (American Psychiatric Association 2000). The course of OCD in youths is chronic. In a 2- to
7-year follow-up of 54 children and adolescents with OCD, 23 subjects
(43%) continued to meet diagnostic criteria for OCD, and
only 3 subjects (6%) achieved complete remission (Leonard et al. 1993).