Famous People Who Have or Had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ian C. Langtree Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2017/11/10 - Updated: 2024/01/06
Publication Type: Informative
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: List of famous and well known people who had or have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The phrase "obsessive-compulsive" has worked its way into the wider English lexicon, and is often used in an offhand manner to describe someone who is meticulous or absorbed in a cause.


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder, specifically, an anxiety disorder. OCD is manifested in a variety of forms, but is most commonly characterized by a subject's obsessive drive to perform a particular task or set of tasks, compulsions commonly termed rituals. The phrase "obsessive-compulsive" has worked its way into the wider English lexicon, and is often used in an offhand manner to describe someone who is meticulous or absorbed in a cause. People who suffer from the separate and unrelated condition obsessive compulsive personality disorder are not aware of anything abnormal with them; they will readily explain why their actions are rational, and it is usually impossible to convince them otherwise.

Main Digest

Although obsessive-compulsive disorder commonly occurs in many patients with Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome, little is known about the obsessions and compulsions of Tourette's syndrome and whether they differ from those seen in pure obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is for this reason there is some overlap between this category and our Famous People with Tourettes Syndrome list.

The tic disorder Tourette's Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are genetic and/or autoimmune neurological syndromes which are comorbid in 40-75% of patients initially diagnosed with either disorder, with comorbidity - in medicine, comorbidity describes the effect of all other diseases an individual patient might have other than the primary disease of interest.

NOTE: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is not an anxiety disorder in the DSM-5 or the ICD-11. However, it was classified as such in older versions of the DSM-IV and ICD-10. (See our list of famous people with an anxiety disorder).

Famous People Who Have or Had OCD

  • Abby McEnany
  • Adam Lanza
  • Alex O'Loughlin
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Amy Wren
  • Andy Partridge
  • Anne-Marie
  • Anton Bruckner
  • Ben Miller
  • Bethany Black
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Billy Corgan
  • Bryony Gordon
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cary Stayner
  • Charles Benefiel
  • Charles Walker - British politician
  • Clint Malarchuk
  • Cr1TiKaL
  • David Beckham
  • David Pereira
  • Don Gorske
  • Elizabeth McIngvale
  • Eric Harris
  • Example - Musician
  • Fern Brady
  • Fiona Apple
  • Gabriel Boric
  • George Ezra
  • Georgia Lock
  • Girl in Red
  • Girli
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Howard Hughes
  • Howard Stern
  • Howie Mandel
  • Ian McCulloch - Singer
  • Ian Puleston-Davies
  • Inger Edelfeldt
  • Jack Letts
  • James Spader
  • Jennette McCurdy
  • Jenny Lawson
  • Jeremy Kyle
  • Joanne Limburg
  • Joe Walsh
  • Joey Ramone
  • John Davidson
  • John Green
  • John Joubert - Serial killer
  • Julia Fox
  • Justin Green - Cartoonist
  • Kennedy McMann
  • Kenny Porpora
  • Laurie Dann
  • Lele Pons
  • Lena Dunham
  • Linda Robson
  • Man Haron Monis
  • Mara Wilson
  • Marc Summers
  • Maria Bamford
  • Megan Fox
  • Mew2King
  • Mindy Smith
  • Naser Mestarihi
  • Natalie Tran
  • Paige Layle
  • Paul Gascoigne
  • Rachel Bloom
  • Rebekah Elmaloglou
  • Rita Simons
  • Robison Wells
  • Sarah Jeffery
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Tim Howard
  • Tina Malone
  • Tom Rosenthal - Actor
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Vanessa Marquez
  • Vardaan Arora
  • Vitaly Borker
  • Warren Zevon
  • Wesley King
  • Zach Braff
  • Zane Gonzalez
  • Zdzisław Beksiński

NOTE: If you notice any inaccuracies in this list, please reach out to us so we can correct it. Additionally, if you believe someone should be added to this list, please provide us with their name and any information to verify their disability. We value your help, and you can contact us here.

You can also view our other lists of famous and well-known people with various disabilities and conditions, including actors, politicians, and writers who contributed to society.

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