Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What Causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of obsessive-compulsive disorder we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow obsessive-compulsive disorder to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind obsessive-compulsive disorder consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Low Serotonin
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • High Histamine

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having a CFS diagnosis
frequent colds/flus
severe emotional instability
good cold weather tolerance
strong sexual desire
somewhat disturbed sleep
phobias
good creativity/imagination
no desire to recover from alcoholism
excess nose/throat mucus
very low tolerance for pain
face twitches
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder:
Cause Probability Status
Low Serotonin 97% Confirm
Tourette's Syndrome 16% Unlikely
High Histamine 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual mental conditions/symptoms, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / behavior (OCD)?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either past obsessive compulsive disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Histadelia (Histamine High)

Histadelics are often prone to obsessions, compulsions, and addictions.

Tourette's Syndrome

It is now recognized that obsessive-compulsive symptoms occur in about half of patients with Tourette Syndrome.  One informal survey of TS patients found that 72% (18 out of 25) had obsessive compulsive traits.

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