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Can depression cause ocd?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
10 doctors agree

In brief: No but

Depression is not generally considered to be a cause of obsessive compulsive disorder, but the two problems can certainly co-exist in the same person.
Some treatments are good for both problems.

In brief: No but

Depression is not generally considered to be a cause of obsessive compulsive disorder, but the two problems can certainly co-exist in the same person.
Some treatments are good for both problems.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Kira Stein
Major depression is not known to be a cause of OCD, but obsessive compulsive disorder, when not sufficiently treated, increases the risk of developing a depressive episode.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: OCD

OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors.
Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized.

In brief: OCD

OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors.
Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Depression/OCD

Not likely, but the reverse is very possible, since ocd is an anxiety disorder.

In brief: Depression/OCD

Not likely, but the reverse is very possible, since ocd is an anxiety disorder.
Dr. Alan Ali
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