im nervous that when i have kids someday soon that my child will end up having terrible ocd like me is that possible??? and if so how?
Although the exact cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) remains unknown, most experts agree that genetic predisposition is a factor in many people who develop this disorder. Support for the genetic predisposition theory comes from studies involving monozygotic twins which have found that if one of the twins has symptoms consistent with OCD, the likelihood of the second twin also developing OCD is about 80%. Studies have also found that up-to 20% of first-degree relatives (i.e., children of a parent with OCD) will also develop the condition - a significantly higher prevalence rate of OCD than is found in the general population (1% to 4%).
Some reports have linked OCD to head injury and infections. Several studies have shown that there are brain abnormalities in patients with OCD, but more research is needed.
About 20% of people with OCD have tics, which suggests the condition may be related to Tourette syndrome. However, this link is not clear.
I have OCD, my mother has OCD. Is there a genetic factor, sure. Nature versus nurture eludes to me that if you do not present your symptoms in front of your child(children) you will be much less likely to predispose them to having OCD. If my mother wasn't a raging lunatic, I might or might not have OCD. (This is no way against you as a mother, mine was insane.)
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