Causes of OCD

The causes of OCD and OCPD include both biological and psychological factors. Research has indicated genetics, stress and brain conditions could all be factors, but no one has pinpointed one definitive cause. Discover some of the reasons behind obsessions and compulsions, explore current research and discuss new findings with others.

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