If you mum or dad have OCD then there is a good chance you will develop OCD.  But what are the odds?

It turns out that if a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) has OCD this gives you somewhere in the range of 3–12 times more risk than the general population of developing OCD (Pauls et al. 1995; Nestadt et al. 2000; Hanna et al. 2002).

The good news is that mother-in-laws are not first-degree relatives.



Pauls DL, Alsobrook JP 2nd, Goodman W, Rasmussen S, Leckman JF (1995). A family study of obsessive–compulsive disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry 152, 76–84.

Nestadt G, Samuels J, Riddle M, Bienvenu OJ 3rd, Liang KY, LaBuda M, Walkup J, Grados M, Hoehn-Saric R (2000). A family study of obsessive–compulsive disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry 57, 358–363.

Hanna GL, Veenstra-VanderWeele J, Cox NJ, Boehnke M, Himle JA, Curtis GC, Leventhal BL, Cook EH Jr.
 (2002). Genome-wide linkage analysis of families with obsessive–compulsive disorder ascertained through pediatric probands. American Journal of Medical Genetics 114, 541–552.

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