OCD: Risk For Other Disorders

Depression is often diagnosed in those with OCD. Other disorders that frequently occur alongside OCD include eating disorders, panic disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome. On the other hand, because of the intense stress and anxiety produced by OCD, it is often mistakenly diagnosed as another disorder. A child with contamination obsessions, say, who cannot leave the classroom to “fix” his anxiety during school, may become so distracted that his condition is confused with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.