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Ocd linked with puberty?

Many cases I hear and read about start at young ages such as 10. You hear many cases getting worse throughout teenage years developing into something big and getting out of control. I personally belive for those affected by ocd from puberty age is definitely related with some kind of hormone changes in brain and glands and thyroid levels. What do you think? I want to hear your thoughts. Where do these ideas come from? Where are they developed from? Where are they formed and why are they formed? Is it a lack of a certain nutrients in body during puberty? Is it low serotonin in brain causes these ideas? Why are they similar ideas too? Are they learnt by seeing a parent with ocd? Need answers

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I think it is probably a combined number of factors. From personal experience many people I know who have struggled with ocd/anxiety it started at older childhood and bad in teenage years. I think if you are already pre disposed to it genetically and through seeing others around you with it, it is heightened at this point in your life due to the chemicals in your brain. I don't know lots on the subject but I remember reading that a teenager has the same amount of grey matter(!?) in their brains as a toddler which is why they struggle more. Anyway as I said I need to learn more about the subject but from personal experience it seems to be correct!


My son was diagnosed at 10, now 26. It has been a horrible illness.


All I can confirm is that OCD for me certainly started with puberty, and here, now, age 57, it still has me in its' grip-through three marriages and two children.


There is no diminutive answer to any of your questions except that boosting serotonin seems to help

I have found cutting out all caffeine effective though not a cure

Also cutting down on all unnecessary stress

As with most problems a safe haven which may not be the home environment can relieve stress so respite for all the family

CBT is highly recommended but it is al very much a case of trial and error as each person responds differently

While one form of support might help for a while personal circumstances will vary and effectiveness on one strategy or another may have to be adapted



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