How Does OCD Escalate to Take Over?
Dr. Jennifer O'Connor, PhD, a licensed psychologist explains how OCD escalates to a dangerous state, as in the case of Anderson's guest, also a Jennifer.
"How do things escalate to this point? How does it grow to take over?" asks Anderson.
"Particularly when OCD starts early in life, that suggests there is a strong biogenetic predisposition," says Dr. O'Connor. "So her brain (Jennifer) is predisposed to operating in this way. What's happening is her brain is sending off these false alarm signals. And so you're brain is telling you that something is dangerous and you need to do something to fix it."
Take a look as Dr. O'Connor explains how Jennifer's rituals have become a vicious cycle, destroying her daily routine...