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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF OCD

Doctors diagnose OCD when obsessions or compulsions start to:

Take up more than 1 hour a day
Cause the patient to become very upset
Get in the way of everyday living

Obsessions
Thoughts about contamination, or germs
Doubts about safety, doing harm, or being harmed
A need for order, to have things "just right"
Fear of making mistakes
Fear of behaving in a socially unacceptable manner

Compulsions
Repeated actions, such as hand-washing
Checking and rechecking that something has been done
Arranging objects over and over
Counting/repeating
Hoarding objects and feeling unable to throw them away

The exact cause of OCD is not clear. Research has shown that it may be associated with a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Someone who has a blood relative with OCD is more likely to develop OCD than someone who hasn't. However, not everyone who has a relative with OCD will develop it.

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