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OCD genetic? - April 18th 2011, 10:45 AM

Hi, I was just wondering if any of you knew if OCD can be passed onto a child by a parent as my dad has OCD and I have also got it.
We have both had it since we were kids, always very neat and tidy and if something is out of place, we go mad.
Any ideas guys whether it is genetic?
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Re: OCD genetic? - April 18th 2011, 11:51 AM

Some say that OCD is hereditary, while others say it isn't. As humans, we all have symptoms that are similar to those of ocd, such as wanting everything clean, having to do things in a certain order, but it doesn't secondarily mean that we have it. I don't know as to whether or not your interactions with your father caused you to have similar behaviors. This link should help you more about this type of thing.

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Re: OCD genetic? - April 18th 2011, 11:59 AM

Thank you Jesse =)
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Re: OCD genetic? - April 18th 2011, 04:24 PM

No mental illness is completely hereditary. Having a parent(s) with a given illness does increase your chances of having that illness but there is a chance you won't contract it. Instead, you may learn from what he does, so your behaviour could resemble his. It can cause related physiological changes often seen in people with OCD but the anxiety nature may or may not be the same. That is, you both may go mad when something is out of order but the rationales and intensities may differ. For example, in OCD, the obsessions are typically viewed as intrusive anxiety-inducing beliefs the person recognizes as being ridiculous but cant help having them. The compulsions are physical manifestations done in a way to calm the obsessions. That is, you obsess over something being so messy and want it clean, so by cleaning it you stop worrying for a short amount of time. In OCD however, the obsessions are coupled by the thought that not doing the action causes unproportional ridiculous harm. That is, if you don't clean the mashed potatoes from the plates, the germs will build up and erode the skin off your hands.

Your father may have the completely irrational thoughts of consequences, obsessions and compulsions, however, you may not have those irrational thoughts of consequences. The reason why you would continue doing it then is being you learned it via observational learning, which is very powerful in children.

I'm not going to mention the physiological changes in the body as it fills books and does go quite advanced, so you can look it up if you want. If you know of the HPA axis, you can understand some of the neuroendocrinal dysfunction in OCD patients and how it contributes to the behaviour.


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Re: OCD genetic? - April 18th 2011, 05:05 PM

Thank you very much for the information, its been really helpful
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Re: OCD genetic? - April 18th 2011, 05:15 PM

My mum researched this because my dad has OCD really bad. The doctor told her it shouldn't be passed on. I have little OCD habits, but nowhere near the extent that my dad does. I don't think my sister has any habits at all.




   
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