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Misdiagnosis of Hidden Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Underlying conditions list:

The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and 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

About underlying conditions:

With a diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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