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    Is OCD related to autism?

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    Both autism and OCD are characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Autism compulsions are usually automatic and unconscious, while OCD compulsions generally are brought on by obsessions.

    Autistic patients have difficulty connecting to people, and may become overwhelmed in social situations. They may bond with only one or two people over the course of their entire lives, and sometimes will reject the affections of others. OCD patients, however, can develop healthy and normal relationships, although they are sometimes plagued with paranoia that can complicate social interaction.

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