Contamination OCD

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Obsessive compulsive disorder whereby one sufferers with thoughts of contamination-related compulsions or obsessions. Contamination, a fear of things that might be dirty or a compulsion to clean.

They will typically be found washing themselves or their environment to an unhealthy degree. Cleaning kitchen floors with a toothbrush and soap. Or they buy a large quantity of individually wrapped hand soaps and after each use throw them away and open a new package.

Such behaviors are commonly driven by a fear of contracting diseases through germs that are on surfaces (Covid is a perfect example).

For this reason, sufferers of these types of obsessive compulsive thoughts may go to specific lengths to avoid:

  • Restaurants
  • Working alongside coworkers (prefer remote or isolative work)
  • Contact with other people (hugging, hand shaking)
  • Public restrooms
  • Door knobs, handles, or windows
  • Hospitals
  • Religious gatherings or any public gathering


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