Can Obsessive-compulsive Disorder Be Hereditary?

Q:
Can obsessive-compulsive disorder be hereditary?

A:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. Up to now, doctors have not discovered the exact causes of the illness.

Many people doubt that genes can be a factor. If someone in your family, including your parent, your children and your siblings, has OCD, it increases your risk of having the illness.

However, the specific genes that can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder are still unknown.

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