Perfectionism in Young Children May Indicate OCD Risk

Perfectionism in Young Children May Indicate OCD Risk

Studying young children, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that kids who possess tendencies toward perfectionism and excessive self-control are twice as likely as other children to develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by the time they reach their teens. Further, MRI scans taken as part of the research revealed that the perfectionists often had smaller volumes of a brain structure previously linked to OCD. The findings are published July 18 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. “Having a lot of self-control and striving for perfection often are considered by parents and society as good because they can...

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