Question: What triggers OCD?

Causes of OCD Compulsions are learned behaviours, which become repetitive and habitual when they are associated with relief from anxiety. OCD is due to genetic and hereditary factors. Chemical, structural and functional abnormalities in the brain are the cause.

What causes OCD to flare up?

They can be triggered by a personal crisis, abuse, or something negative that affects you a lot, like the death of a loved one. Its more likely if people in your family have OCD or another mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. OCD symptoms include obsessions, compulsions, or both.

Can OCD have triggers?

Many things can trigger an increase in OCD symptoms whether thats hormones (puberty, pregnancy, post-partum, menopause), increased stress and pressure to perform (in college, at a new school, in a new job) or something entirely different.

Can OCD go away naturally?

OCD tends not to go away on its own and without treatment it is likely to persist into adulthood. In fact, many adults who receive a diagnosis of OCD report that some symptoms started during childhood.

Can OCD go away with age?

Obsessive-compulsive symptoms generally wax and wane over time. Because of this, many individuals diagnosed with OCD may suspect that their OCD comes and goes or even goes away—only to return. However, as mentioned above, obsessive-compulsive traits never truly go away.

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