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The Shocking Rates of OCD-Like Symptoms in Adolescent Females

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More than 7,000 11- to 21-year olds were sampled by researchers who found high rates of obsessive-compulsive symptoms, particularly in females and after puberty.

According to Healio.com, new research from a large sample size of 7,000 11-21 year olds found high rates of obsessive-compulsive symptoms - especially when looking at females post puberty.

In addition to obsessive-compulsive symptoms, researchers also found higher rates of obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, psychosis, and suicide ideation.

The participants completed structured psychiatric interviews, concluding that 38.2% of the group reported experiencing at least one obsessive-compulsive symptom while 3% received a lifetime OCD diagnosis. The most common symptom among the sample size was “bad thoughts” - making up more than 20% of the group.

Researchers hope that these results will motivate and encourage professionals to probe for these types of symptoms during check-ups and other medical evaluations.

For more information on obsessive-compulsive disorder, how to spot the signs, and what treatment options you can consider, check out the MedCircle original series, “Freedom from OCD” with Dr. Jenny. Yip. PAUSE. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.

Source: Healio


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