What happens if OCD is left untreated?
If left untreated, OCD can worsen to the point that the sufferer develops physical problems, becomes unable to function, or experiences suicidal thoughts.
About 1% of OCD sufferers die by suicide..
Can OCD go away with age?
According to the DSM-5, only about 20% of sufferers will become cured on their own. Early onset in adolescence has a 60% chance of becoming a lifelong disease if left untreated. Usually, OCD symptoms will wax and wane over the course of one’s life, but will still be classified as chronic.
Can OCD be completely cured?
As with all forms of mental illness, there is no known OCD cure. While medication can reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of OCD if you stop taking the drug it is likely that your symptoms will return.
Is OCD a lifelong condition?
OCD , usually considered a lifelong disorder, can have mild to moderate symptoms or be so severe and time-consuming that it becomes disabling.
Why is OCD not curable?
With our current medical knowledge, we cannot get rid of intrusive thoughts. Therefore, we can’t get rid of OCD, because if those intrusive thoughts are there, then every once in a while, your OCD will react to them.
What happens if you ignore OCD?
It can easily become a form of compulsive avoidance, a refusal to acknowledge that the thought occurred in the first place and a refusal to experience feelings as they are. Active “ignoring” can trigger an additional sense of being in denial (and thus more anxiety).