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what is the difference between obsessive compulsive and being a germaphobe

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Different feel: Although phobias and OCD both are categorized as anxiety disroders, most people feel justified with their phobias while those with OCD nearly always s ... Read More
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Part of the other: Cleaning excessively can be a symptom of OCD, among may others such as checking locks repeatedly, alphabetizing books several times a day, stacking po ... Read More

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
40 years experience Psychiatry
"Germaphobes" + OCD: Mysophobia, or fear of germs is one among ocd's cluster of symptoms, of course, not the only one. Frequent washing, and fear of contamination accompa ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
41 years experience Psychiatry
Possible OCP or OCD?: Habits are behaviors that we do automatically without thinking. They can change only when the person realizes that it is a problem and is willing to ... Read More
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Very different: Good question! "ocd" has almost become a household expression for simply worrying or caring a lot about something. But, statistically, obsessive -co ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Careful evaluation: There are overlaps - ocd and aspergers can have high anxiety features/fixations on specific interests, etc. The more severe of these are usually not ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Obsessive Compulsive: The person would have obsessive ideas that go through his/her mind continuously, and have compulsions to do certain behaviors. The person cannot let ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Tripp
14 years experience Psychiatry
A couple of things: Two things to mention, there is a specific version of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy called exposure response prevention therapy, to help with ocd ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Seek Treatment : A score of 29 is in the severe range. Ocd is a potentially serious condition for which effective treatments exist including psychotherapy and prescrib ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olukayode Awosika
29 years experience Psychiatry
Yes!: One of the established and common side effects of amantadine is compulsive behaviors but not ocd.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle King
25 years experience Psychiatry
OCD: If you are having repetitive thoughts and behaviors that seem irrational to you, yet are unable to refrain from thinking or resist them, and they are ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Clinical Exam: As with many psychiatric disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) is diagnosed by a comprehensive clinical examination. A patient must meet crit ... Read More
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