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March 26, 2012 at 11:07 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

The Top Four OCD Risk Factors

By Brad Plaggemars More Blogs by This Author

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder that most people have heard of before. It is a disorder that is: "characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions)." What exactly increases one's chance of getting this condition?

There are a number of determinants that can increase a person's chances of developing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder such as:

#1. Age

People usually develop OCD in late adolescence or early adulthood. However, OCD could start as early as preschool age or as late as the age of 40.

#2. Genetics

There is research claiming that genes could play a role in the development of OCD. The condition is one that tends to run in families. Someone with OCD has a 25% chance of having a blood relative who has it as well. One study discovered that children inherit OCD symptoms in 45%-60% of cases. Adults inherit symptoms in 27%-47% of cases.

#3. Having Other Mental Conditions

OCD is a disorder that often occurs in people who may also have other anxiety disorders like depression, tourettes, ADHD, substance abuse, eating disorders, and a number of personality disorders.

#4. Stress

Symptoms of OCD usually occur during times of great stress like the loss of a loved-one, divorce, or problems in school.

Reducing the Risk of OCD

There are currently no guidelines on how to reduce the risk of developing OCD, but scientists keep learning more about the condition which could potentially lead to some promising results.


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