Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects millions of people from all walks of life in this country. If you or a loved one suffers from OCD, you know the symptoms typically include developing strict routines or avoiding specific objects or situations. But what is the root cause of Obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how exactly do these behaviors manifest? Once individuals understand how OCD behaviors show up, they can better manage their symptoms.
What Causes Obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Health experts are not able to point to one direct cause of OCD. However, they have suggested that a family history of the condition may increase a person’s likelihood of developing the behaviors. In addition, it is thought that irregular brain development or impairment of certain regions in the brain may also be linked to the condition. For example, the National Institute of Mental Health suggests OCD may be linked to how your brain responds to serotonin, which helps regulate mood and sleep.
The following are some other believed factors that contribute to the manifestation of OCD behaviors:
Stress or Trauma
Suffering from stress or a traumatic event can increase a person’s chances of developing OCD or worsening existing symptoms.
Certain personality traits are predisposed to manifesting Obsessive-compulsive disorder behaviors. Those individuals who are perfectionists or have difficulty handling uncertainty may develop unwanted behaviors.
Children who experience abuse or trauma have a higher chance of developing the condition.
Treating Obsessive-compulsive disorder
While the symptoms of OCD can make life feel unbearable, there is help. Often the best first step in recovery is to connect with a therapist who has experience successfully treating OCD.
If you’d like to explore treatment options, please contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.