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What Causes OCD to Flare Up?


What Causes OCD to Flare Up?

You've likely come across obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and urges (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). However, did you know that certain factors can exacerbate OCD symptoms? Here are four potential triggers for OCD flare-ups:Stress and Anxiety: Heightened stress or anxiety levels often intensify the urge to engage in rituals to alleviate discomfort, making this...[ read more ]

How to Support a Loved One With OCD

Has one of your friends or family members been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Below, I explain what OCD is, and also offer tips for what you can do to support your loved one as they deal with this condition.What Is OCD?Obsessive-compulsive disorder causes someone to have recurring, unwanted thoughts and urges (obsessions) and/or perform repetitive actions (compulsions), often to...[ read more ]

OCD Behaviors: How do They Manifest?

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 OCD, and how exactly do these behaviors manifest? Once an individual understands how OCD...[ read more ]