Dr. Helen Blair Simpson shares which illnesses are associated with obsessive compulsive disorder/OCD.
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Question: What illnesses are associated with obsessive compulsive disorder? Dr. Helen Blair Simpson: The other illnesses associated with OCD for women include depression, which is very common, maybe as many as 60% of people with OCD will have common end depression, either at the time they present or at sometime in their life. It's also very common to have other anxiety disorders, things like panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder. Depression and these anxiety disorders are already common in women. So we often see them together. There is another set of disorders that often go along with OCD, more typically seen in men now, attention deficit disorder and tic disorders. Then there is a group of illnesses called the OCD spectrum disorders. These are things like trichotillomania, pulling out the hair, there are things like skin picking; excessive skin picking or nail baiting. I would even put in that OCD spectrum sometimes people would talk about anorexia nervosa, or bulimia, and particularly anorexia nervosa, there is a -- between those and OCD. Since anorexia nervosa is so common in women, that's another thing to be thinking about.