What illnesses often co-exist with OCD?
People with OCD may be diagnosed with a number of other conditions, including:
- Major depressive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Anorexia nervosa
- Social anxiety disorder
- bulimia nervosa
- Tourette syndrome
- Asperger syndrome
- Compulsive skin picking
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive personality disorder
There is some research demonstrating a link between drug addiction and OCD as well. Many who suffer from OCD also suffer from panic attacks. There is a higher risk of drug addiction among those with any anxiety disorder (possibly as a way of coping with the heightened levels of anxiety), but drug addiction among OCD patients may serve as a type of compulsive behavior and not just as a coping mechanism. Depression is also extremely prevalent among sufferers of OCD.
Individuals with OCD have also been found to be affected by delayed sleep phase syndrome at a substantially higher rate than the general public.