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What kind of obsessions can people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have?

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For those who have OCD, obsessions often have a theme and matching symptoms. For example, a theme of fear of germs or dirt might make those with OCD afraid to touch things other people have touched, like doorknobs. Or they might not want to hug or shake hands with others. A theme of an extreme need for order might bring stress when objects are out of place, and it may make it really hard to leave home until things are arranged in a certain way.

From: How Do I Know if I Have OCD? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Beyond OCD: "Obsessions and Compulsions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 19, 2018

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Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Beyond OCD: "Obsessions and Compulsions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 19, 2018

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