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Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: Social Factors

Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) are chronic, debilitating mental health disorders characterized by the presence of recurrent intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses that cause anxiety or distress (obsessions), and/or repetitive overt behaviors or mental acts carried out to decrease distress or prevent a feared outcome (compulsions). Compulsions (also known as rituals) in OCRDs, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), trichotillomania, and Tourette’s disorder, reinforce and maintain obsessive distress, creating a cycle of increasing illness. For affected individuals, OCRDs generate considerable impairment and can have a particularly devastating impact on family and social relationships.

Peer Relationships and Pediatric OCRDs
Peer Relationships

Peer relationships in childhood allow for development and practice of social skills and empathy, and contribute to cognitive and emotional development. OCRDs often directly ...

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