What are the chances of developing depression well living with OCD?
There is a high likelihood that depression will surface at some point in one’s life while living with OCD.
Research shows as high as 2/3 will experience a major depressive episode.
There are a variety of factors contributing to the onset of depression, for some it may be due to the stress caused by the OCD itself.
If you stop and think for a moment how intrusive the obsessions can be for someone with OCD, it can result in a negative mindset. The impact can be vast, affecting your day to day living, avoiding or minimizing interactions with the outside world, and filtering into all aspects of one's life.
For some depression may affect sleep patterns, appetite, cause difficulty concentrating, mood swings, lack of motivation, and render one unable to make decisions, feeling helpless and hopeless. This could impact one's ability to follow through on therapy.
Another theory is possibly the neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for mood may be altered.
Early detection and intervention are key.
It’s promising to know, that both can be treated simultaneously.