Causes of obsessive compulsive disorder

It isn’t clear what causes OCD and there are different theories. The following factors could contribute to why a person develops the disorder:

  • Personal experience (life events such as trauma, abuse, neglect or bereavement)
  • Biological (some have areas of unusually high activity in their brain)
  • Genetic (you are more likely to develop OCD if a family member has it)
  • Personality (people with high standards who are methodical and meticulous, or who have a strong sense of responsibility or are generally quite anxious might be more likely to develop OCD)

While it remains unknown as to what exactly causes OCD – it can be treated successfully.

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