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Why is obsessive compulsive disorder oso common today?

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Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
OCD recognized more: Ocd was once dubbed the 'secret disorder' because sufferers instinctively "hide" it from others, suffering in isolation, feeling very abnormal. Prevalance may run from 2% to a surprising 4% of population, so literally we previously did not know its rate of occurrence, missing it a lot. Diagnosis better with some standardized screening tools and scales to help nail it down. Publicity adds notoriety.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Reported: I'm not sure if there are more cases of OCD out there, but since it had come under deeper study, I would say it is better understood, and reported more as such. Reworded, the number of OCD patients has not likely increased, but our awareness of hem (I hope) actually has.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is obsessive compulsive disorder such a common psychological disorder today?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
We don't know.: There has been some speculation about the fact that obsessive compulsive traits, ie the ability to be meticulous, the ability to check your work, have been so valued in this country that we have actually helped to increase it's presence in our society.
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What are common symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
See below: Ocd is defined by the presence of recurring obessions (thoughts) & compulsions (behaviors) that are distressing to the person because of time consumed or effects of thoughts/acts. Nearly all individuals label the thoughts and behaviors as "weird" or "odd, " even very young children; yet, they can't stop. Usually, the compulsion is an effort to get rid of the thought. Range of symptoms is wide.
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Can you please list the common causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Timothy Re
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Severe Anxiety: Causal factors have been debated for some without concensus. All however start with anxiety which has genetic and environmental components. Certain personality factors and stresses may make one more predisposed.

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