People with OCD are less likely to achieve educational goals: Study

People with OCD are less likely to achieve educational goals: Study

A recent European study found that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are less likely to achieve to achieve educational and career goals. As it becomes tough for them to go for higher education or to simply pass the compulsory school tests. It happens to those who are diagnosed with this problem before the age of 18.

Less educational qualification means lesser job opportunities and lower pay over a lifetime. But if diagnosed earlier then it might help to close this gap, researchers conclude in JAMA Psychiatry.

Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) include fears, obsessive thoughts and compulsions to repeatedly perform tasks to reduce those fears.

For instance, individuals with contamination fears might have to constantly visit the toilet to wash their hands or they may not be able to sit in the classroom continuously for a certain period of time.

Other common practices of people suffering from OCD includes re-write same sentences several times or re-read the same content various times, which lower their learning process.

The study also revealed that people with OCD are also 28 percent less likely to start a university degree program, 57 percent less likely to finish upper secondary school and 48 percent less likely to complete postgraduate education.

According to Deccan Chronicle reports, lead author Dr. Ana Perez-Vigil, a researcher with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden said that “OCD often starts in childhood/adolescence and can be chronic.”

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