Fear of contamination is one of the more “known/publicized” OCD categories and often surrounds fears of disease and germs. Contamination OCD can result in the fear of touching items, being around certain people and being touched by people. Related compulsions include excessive and repeated hand washing, showering, bathing, and house cleaning. Individuals with contamination OCD frequently avoid people, public places, change clothes, and throw out any items they believe to be contaminated.

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