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Vol. 3 No. 2 (2023): Georgetown Scientific Research Journal: Spring 2023

The Impact of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on Academic Performance

January 5, 2023


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychological disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts followed by repeated behaviors in response to these thoughts. OCD can be highly influential on all aspects of one’s life, including academic performance. This review highlights the current understanding of specific factors of OCD that impact academic performance. Demographic factors of ethnicity and age should be collected and examined in future research. OCD severity levels and symptom groups should also be analyzed independently. Comorbid disorders with OCD should be considered when developing treatment plans. In addition, changes in OCD symptoms in response to the onset of COVID-19 should be considered. With a better understanding of OCD’s impact on academic performance, treatment plans sensitive to academically influential elements of OCD can be developed to optimally support students.