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Some of the common risk factors of OCD include: • Genetics: Nearly 50 percent of the risk for developing OCD depends on the genes. People with family members affected by OCD are at greater risk. • Gender: Males have a higher possibility of developing OCD during childhood. Following puberty, however, the risk of developing the condition is roughly the same for both males and females. • Brain Structure: A connection is present between brain irregularities and OCD symptoms. • Personality: Personality traits often suggest a susceptibility to developing OCD. • Socioeconomic Status: People from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have a higher chance of developing OCD. • Mental Illness: Anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses may be risk factors of OCD. • Age: People are at greater risk of developing OCD symptoms during late adolescence. • Life Events: Traumatic or stressful life events often cause OCD.