Can OCD tendencies naturally decrease with age?

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July 8th, 2016 11:06pm
Yes. Even perfectionists fade with time. Specifically, when one starts to realize what really matters, and what never did.
November 3rd, 2016 4:29pm
I believe it can decrease with age. You can grow out of a lot of things and almost all mental disorders have cures. You will just need to think of ways to work around them and cope. It may not be easy but it will get easier with time. Everything needs time especially when it means you grow out of it. I personally experienced my OCD tendencies decreasing with age :)
February 15th, 2018 12:27pm
Yes. There are studies that show that. But, if you have OCD you should take a therapy, because it will help you a great deal.
November 24th, 2017 7:30am
OCD-like thinking is very common among teenagers. It is likely that when one gets older, those thoughts are milder or easier to deal with. It's as if you naturally develop better coping skills. Recognizing how common OCD thoughts are tends to already heal the pain.
April 27th, 2018 6:24pm
From my personal experience, they can. It all depends on stress, what is going on in your life, and the severity of your OCD.
July 16th, 2016 10:44pm
In some cases, if you learn to deal with it. But normally the best ways to treat OCD is by some types of medications (I can't say specifically because it is determined on the person as well as the dose) and also CBT is very useful too: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This can be a process of questioning and also carrying out some things to help minimize and stop the OCD. Things like delaying the obsession for a certain amount of minutes can help. I hope this helped in some way :)
August 11th, 2016 5:11pm
It is difficult for OCD tendencies to decrease with age. With proper therapies their are chances of them decreasing gradually.
October 26th, 2016 2:08am
For some people OCD tendencies do decrease with age. That actually happened with me, I use to have a lot of OCD tendencies but I was able to slowly train myself out of most of them. A lot of that was just me learning about the anxiety that was the route of my tendencies, and then learning how to deal with that anxiety.
November 13th, 2016 6:12pm
Short answer is no, but the real question is can OCD be controlled with age? and the answer is yes. People with OCD learn to adapt and cope with it and eventually find a way to balance it in life.
July 15th, 2017 7:32pm
Based on my personal experience, OCD tendencies do tend to decrease with age. As I've grown older, I've come to be in more control of my thoughts - but I think it can be different for everyone.
July 4th, 2018 6:05pm
It all depends on the person some people find it better with age while others it doesn't You can't really give a specif answer as everyone's different.
July 27th, 2016 9:56pm
My mother used to experience OCD as a young adult. now that she is in her 50s it is manageable.
August 25th, 2016 1:59am
I'm only 15, but my tendencies have only gotten worse in the 8 years I've had them. It's possible, though, that as I enter adulthood and beyond, they will decrease.
October 8th, 2016 10:21am
OCD varies a lot from each individual - and its affect on you can change over time. If you have been experiencing OCD for a while, it could be that you've naturally learned how to cope with the feelings.
October 16th, 2016 6:37pm
OCD can't decrease with age if not dealt with it. It has nothing to do with age, it has more to do with how badly the person suffering wants to heal.
January 4th, 2017 10:04pm
People who suffer from OCD often learn coping strategies to handling their condition (such as practicing different ways of handling a situation). Otherwise, OCD is not something that depends on a certain age.
February 16th, 2017 3:18am
They can, but usually they just get worse over time. Either way, one should always look for ways to seek help in order to get better. OCD tendencies can even be helped with small exercises that you can do by yourself and for free!
March 10th, 2017 8:41pm
They can but in most cases people overcome them. Suffering from OCD is not something that just goes away over night. OCD tendencies are usually used when you are stressed out. You need to work hard to overcome them and realize you went years without doing these ticks
March 12th, 2017 4:37am
OCD is an interesting condition that comes with challenges and benefits. Over time these tendencies can certainly change. They may change in frequency but that will differ from one individual to the next.
April 14th, 2017 5:18am
OCD symptoms can change over time, in terms of intensity or the specific symptom itself. There can be better stages and worse stages. It can decrease with age, but it depends on the person and the severity of their OCD. Some people may feel it getting better, but not going away completely. It's important to get treatment for OCD if you feel it is too hard to deal with.
July 13th, 2017 4:39am
I do not think that they decrease with age, but I do think that it is possible to know how to better manage the tendencies with age.
September 9th, 2017 10:09pm
I personally found that, to the contrary, my OCD tendencies increased with age. Part of this was largely due to the additional stresses that come with growing up. For instance, my OCD began aged five, where my stresses beyond mental health were non existent. It occurred on and off throughout childhood and my teens but came back badly once I was at university with academic pressures, financial pressures, relationship pressures etc. Such triggers are clearly unhelpful for mental health problems. Not only this, but as a child I think there can be a certain element of having great trust in your parents and authority figures: when my parents told me that I would be ok if I didn't carry out a compulsion it was reassuring to the point of helping me resist it. But with my teenage years and adulthood came the realisation that maybe my parents don't know everything and doubts that they could be sure that everything would be ok if I didn't carry out a compulsion. Maybe people have vastly different experiences but this is definitely what I've found!
October 14th, 2017 3:06pm
These tendencies likely will not decrease naturally with age, unless there is some form of intervention and help from a counsellor. These tendencies naturally decrease with exposure therapy and challenging those thoughts, and that does not happen very often naturally.
November 10th, 2017 2:29pm
it depends really as when you age they can decrease but most of the time the tendencias will not leave someone who has ocd
November 12th, 2017 5:18pm
OCD can present differently in people so how it changes over one's lifetime may also be different. My supervisor once mentioned that OCD which occurs children and adolescents are sometimes 'outgrown' or decrease as they get older whereas OCD that starts later in life (late adolescence or adulthood) may stay for a much longer time. Seeking treatment can also make a difference as a person who has been having treatment for longer (be in medication or therapy) could have their symptoms reduce over time as they learn to better manage them.
April 26th, 2018 10:59am
Most likely not, because it is just the way an OCD brain is wired. You can unlearn and cure OCD tendencies with the right help at any age.
May 25th, 2018 1:19pm
OCD tendencies worsen when they are continually being fed with compulsive behaviours and rituals. Hence why of course, the concept of natural decrease with age is hard to measurr as it depends on how much time we are preoccupied with feeding the fear and guilt by performing said rituals. I believe that it is less to do with natural passing of time, but more to do with learning managing techniques here and now. OCD can really destroy the quality of life one has when they follow through with the instructions and urges which this condition causes them to experience. When we practice OCD management with tools such as mindfulness and CBT techniques, we may notice a decrease in the rate at which OCD interferes with our every day life. Theories currently suggest that OCD is a biological process/chronic disease, however personally, and through researching people's personal experiences, I've found that a lot can be done to regain more control over our everyday lives.
May 31st, 2018 2:18pm
For my personal experience, OCD needs to be cured properly. You may help yourself by trying some exercises but therapy is the best way to learn how to handle it.
June 21st, 2018 2:09pm
No they don't. OCD is a progressive disorder and in fact, if left unattended, it gets worse. For OCD to get better, it is important to get it treated. Either through psychotherapy, or through medication, or sometimes both.
July 8th, 2018 10:56pm
In my personal experience, OCD is on a spectrum. Symptoms may increase or decrease based on anxiety levels or based on whatever situation someone may find themselves in.