Is Childhood Trauma Related To OCD?

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I've begun to identify and write down all of my obsessions and compulsions for the last couple days. It made me begin to think about when the OCD started and I can remember that it began at a very early age. Those early memories of repetitive obsessions and compulsions usually occurred during times that I was being 'disciplined'.

As I began to look over everything I was writing, I realized that there was a deeper meaning to a lot of my OCD. So, here are my questions to you:

-What are your thoughts on the relationship between childhood abuse, trauma or strict parenting and OCD?

- Can you see any comparisons between your obsessions/compulsions and your environment growing up?

I do believe that OCD can be genetic but I also believe that the development and environmental factors for many people creates a pattern in our rituals etc.

What do you all think?

 

 

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I guess the culture we grow up in contributes to determining which particular phobias people with OCD have.  In some African countries fat women are traditionally regarded as more attractive than skinny women (because obesity implies wealth, and thinness is associated with poverty), so I wonder if the psychological eating disorders in those countries are the inverse of those prevalent in western countries?  Maybe the reason 'paedophilia OCD' seems more common these days than, say, 20 or 30 years ago is that paedophilia is talked about so much in the media these days, which has provided people susceptible to OCD with a volatile context for their irrational fears to take root and burgeon.  John Bunyan, the 17th century English author, is famous for having OCD and his main phobia was fear that he was damned to go to hell.  I would guess that phobia is less common today in England because these days God is widely perceived as an indulgent benign grandfather, whereas in John Bunyan's day God was widely regarded as a hater of sin and a punisher of sinners.  However, I used to have a phobia about snakes - I could not bring myself to look at a photo of one - and I had nightmares about snakes infesting the bottom of my bed.  But I have never seen a live snake except in a zoo and I don't remember any traumatic experiences connected with snakes or even worms.

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Hi, having had some difficulties in childhood, i believe that alot of my ocd can be related to these childhood issues.
I think i may have been 'a little bit ocd' if i hadn't expierenced these problems.
but the expierences i had meant that ocd was the way i found to cope.

i have spent some time looking at how these expierences effect me now and believe it has been useful in reducing my ocd.

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12 July 2014 - 3:21

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Hello Elf,

I seems like we have the same idea, it's nice to hear that others find the relief of understanding themselves a bit more. It's just easier to accept my past, my present and learn how to live emotionally healthy for my future. Of course not everything can be explained but again, everyone is different!

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