There can also be an inherited predisposition to develop OCD which maybe triggered (not caused) by environmental stressors. While many sufferers of OCD report a gradual onset and cannot identify a trigger, a large proportion of clients report acute onset following a significant life event. For example, some report the onset or worsening of symptoms coincided with pregnancy or the post-partum period.
Even though the exact cause of OCD is not known, it is clear what maintains this condition – rituals and avoidance. Thus, therapy can teach the OCD sufferer ways of managing and reducing this chronic condition. For more information about the best treatments for OCD, see my article.