What does exposure in vivo mean?

In vivo means ‘in life’. In terms of exposure, it’s used to mean prolonged face to face experience with anxiety- evoking situations, objects, thoughts or images in real-life contexts.

What causes OCD?

No one knows exactly what causes OCD. It results from a combination of genetically inherited tendencies or predispositions, together with significant environmental factors. It appears to be, at least in part, a genetically inherited disorder.

Sourced from The OCD Workbook.

When might a person get OCD?

OCD can start at any time from preschool to adulthood. Although it can occur at any age, there are generally two age ranges when OCD tends to first appear:

  • between the ages of 8-12 years
  • between late teen years and early adulthood.

Sourced from the International OCD Foundation website.

Am I the only person who has bad thoughts?

No! Everyone has intrusive thoughts, but the person who developed OCD has thoughts that get ‘stuck’. Intrusive thoughts are normal and very common so the difference between someone who is bothered by a thought, and someone who is not, lies in what they make of having the thought.

Sourced from Break Free from OCD.

How quickly can someone develop OCD?

OCD symptoms can develop over the course of many years or in some cases, in a very short time.

How many people suffer from OCD?

About 1 in 100 adults could have OCD and at least 1 in 500 kids and teens could have OCD.

Sourced from the International OCD Foundation website.