OCD Causes, Incidence and Risk Factors

John Neyman Jr
Dr. John is a counselor and therapist to ADHD children and their parents

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is one of the most common behavioral disorders any person could think of.

People who experience and suffer the symptoms of the said disorder are usually at an approximate age of 30. There is much hearsay that you hear about OCD and its causes as well as the risk factor. However not all of these things that you hear are true. Thus, it is important for you to have knowledge regarding OCD.

There are several theories, research and studies that try to explain the real cause of obsessions and compulsions disorder but none have been proven to be certified true and accurate. There are a number of sources that relate OCD to head injuries and infections acquired from accidents. Also, some research and studies explained that patients diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder experience mental deficiencies or abnormalities. Still, further studies with regard to the disorder must be conducted.

There are several theories about the cause of OCD, but none have been confirmed.

Some reports have linked OCD to head injury and infections. Several studies have shown that there are brain abnormalities in patients with OCD, but more research is needed.

2 out of 10 OCD patients experience the so called tics. Tics are characterized by the development of sudden, unwanted and recurring sounds and thoughts. Tics are also associated to Tourette Syndrome but has not been proven.

Symptoms of OCD are identified to be that of the disorder when they are not because of any medical illness or the use of prohibited drugs. Obsessions and or compulsions cause major stress that affects the daily normal living of the patient.

Obsessions and compulsions are considered as symptoms of the disorder when they are excessive or are3 beyond normal.

One’s own description of his own behavior can help in identifying the disorder. The person involved in the disorder must carefully know himself like any other persons. Your own description of the behavior can help diagnose the disorder. A physical exam can rule out physical causes, and a psychiatric evaluation can rule out other mental disorders.

Questionnaires, such as the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS), can help identify OCD and track the progress of treatment. OCD can be treated using medications and therapy.

If an SSRI does not work, the doctor may recommend an older type of antidepressant called a tricyclic antidepressant. Clomipramineis a TCA, and is the oldest medication for OCD.

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