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Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners

List of causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners) that could possibly cause Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners includes:

  • The exact cause is still unable to be fully determined but the two main theories are:
  • Biological factors - anomalies in the brain structure. This theory is supported by the fact that brain surgery can alleviate some cases.
  • Serotonin theory - low levels of serotonin. This theory is supported by the fact that the use of medications to increase serotonin levels (SSRI's) can alleviate symptoms in OCD sufferers.
  • The reality may well be that there is more than one cause and this coupled with environmental factors can trigger OCD
  • More than half of patients suffer OCD as a life-long chronic condition with periods of exacerbation and improvement
  • Patients who don't have any compulsive behaviors but work hard at suppressing their obsessive thoughts may become mentally exhausted or suffer from concentration problems
  • Factors that can indicate a good prognosis include:
  • Relatively mild symptoms
  • Brief duration of symptoms
  • Good level of functioning before onset of OCD symptoms
  • Later onset of symptoms
  • Risk factors for developing OCD or exacerbating OCD symptoms include:
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Postpartum period
  • Environmental stress:
  • Abuse
  • Illness
  • Childbirth
  • Leaving home or other changes in living situation
  • Occupational changes or conflict at work
  • Studying or school-related problems
  • Highly competitive sport
  • Infections

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Related information on causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners may be found in:

 

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