What is OCD? (International OCD Foundation)

A lot of people use the term OCD or the words “obsessive” and “compulsive” in ways that aren’t always correct. You’ve probably heard your friends say they are “sooo OCD” because they have to have things a certain way, or heard someone called obsessive because they talk about the same things a lot. These things are not OCD. Some people think that individuals with OCD are just afraid of germs and wash their hands a lot. This is only one kind of OCD. There are actually many different kinds of OCD, and they can be about almost anything you can imagine.

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