OCD: Why Living in a Sunless Region Can Increase Symptoms

OCD: Why Living in a Sunless Region Can Increase Symptoms

Sunless skies can bring down a person's mood and decrease motivation, but do they also have an impact on the severity of obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms? A recent study suggests that indeed they do, and it explains why that might be. Individuals diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors — hence the name of this condition. These symptoms can be distressing and highly disruptive, affecting a person's overall quality of life. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, OCD affects about 2.2 million adults in the United States, and the average age at onset is 19. Researchers from Binghamton University,...

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