New developments in the neurosciences and psychiatry are changing the way that we see Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD may no longer be considered part of the anxiety disorders but rather part of a series of conditions on an obsessive compulsive spectrum. Other diagnoses will likely join OCD on the spectrum as they share many of the features of OCD. Some of these conditions include trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Skin Picking Disorder (Dermotillomania), Pathological Gambling, some sexual addictions and hypochondria (Health Anxiety).

These conditions may share common genes, biomarkers, psychological components and brain circuits. The psychiatric and cognitive behavioural therapy treatment of these conditions is also very similar.

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