Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Risks

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What causes obsessive compulsive disorder?

While there is no clear cause for OCD, family history and possible chemical imbalances in the brain are thought to contribute to developing the illness. While people who have relatives with the illness are at a higher risk of developing OCD, most people with the condition have no such family history. A specific genetic variation has been found to potentially double the chances of a person developing OCD. An imbalance of the chemical serotonin in the brain may also contribute to the development of this disorder. Certain life stressors, like being the victim of childhood sexual abuse, is a risk factor for developing OCD during adulthood.

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Comment from: dmakower, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

Yes. My youngest daughter has OCD also and bipolar as I do. She didn't experience trauma as I did as a child, but still inherited the disorder.

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Comment from: bintax, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 16

My son has OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder. I am aware that CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and ERP (exposure response prevention) are therapies for OCD. I can't convince him to do it. He looks as though he would benefit. I'm trying to find a cause/trigger for his OCD. He was bullied by older teenagers one particular day and relieved of a phone, skateboard, and shoes. He hasn't been the same since. He's turned reclusive won't go to school, outside or visit friends anymore.

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