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OCD and Autism
OCD and Eating Disorders
It is common for eating disorders to be confused with a branch of OCD when it can be essential to recognize that although recognized as entirely separate, there are many overlaps between the two conditions. There is evidence to suggest that people experiencing both anorexia nervosa and bulimia often also have many OCD symptoms, such as intrusive thoughts and a need to act in specific ways to make themselves feel better.
OCD and Depression
Depression is commonly described as everything feeling ‘dark and gloomy,’ as well as descriptions of being unable to feel real feelings of happiness anymore. It can often display itself in several different ways, depending on individual experiences. Some may describe depression as a reaction to adverse life events, such as a relationship breakdown, failing an exam, or generally just feeling down in the dumps.
Tourettes Syndrome, OCD, Tourettic OCD and Tic Related Disorders
Tic disorders usually begin around mid-childhood, peaking during early adolescence. Similarly to OCD, symptoms can fluctuate, increasing, and decreasing in severity throughout the person’s life. Often by early adulthood, tics tend to diminish, and at times can become absent. It is still not always clear as to why for some, symptoms are absent, compared to others who’s symptoms are prolonged, or in rare cases worsen.
OCD and Depersonalization Disorder
OCD and BDD
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time being overly concerned or worried about their perceived flaws around their appearance. Such defects are highly unlikely to be viewed by others, and in most cases, such can be non-existent or extremely minimal, yet to the person with BDD, these flaws become magnified. Having BDD is nothing to do with being vain or self-obsessed. Such fears typically originate from a place of deep distrust and lack of self-esteem, quite the opposite of vanity.
OCD and ADHD
ADHD is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Most ADHD symptoms are noticed within early childhood, with the vast majority of children successfully diagnosed between 6-12 years old. Often the school environment can become increasingly testing for a child with ADHD, meaning that symptoms usually begin to show reasonably early on within a child’s academic career. More often than not, symptoms of ADHD improve with age, with many teens and young adults having minimal symptoms whereby they deem their ADHD to have a minimal impact on their lives.