OCD is a common, chronic and long-lasting anxiety disorder in which people have recurring and unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations that make them feel driven to do something repetitively.
It is not yet clear what causes OCD. There are many underlying contributors such as brain structure and function, genetics and increased environmental risk factors that make a person more susceptible to OCD. It is most likely a complex combination of these factors.
OCD is a common disorder that affects adults, adolescents and children. Risk factors include:
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