OCD is a condition that doesn’t have a cure, but the symptoms have to managed throughout one’s life. The symptoms of OCD can ebb and flow over time depending on different factors.
As a cognitive science researcher with over 30 years of experience in the field, Dr. Ileana Berman studies the connections between obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. Today she shares some things that can trigger OCD symptoms.
- OCD can be a way for people to cope with traumatic childhood experiences such as being bullied at school or experiencing abuse.
- Perinatal OCD is a type of OCD where symptoms are triggered by being pregnant or giving birth.
- Major stressful life events often cause OCD symptoms to resurface, even if they have been dormant for a while. This could include moving, becoming a parent, changing jobs, experiencing a death in the family, going through a car accident, becoming sick, etc.
- OCD symptoms can appear or get worse as a way to cope with any type of uncertainty.
- Patients with OCD had a much harder time coping with their symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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