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Health Concern/Contamination OCD

Health Concern/Contamination OCD is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) where a person experiences obsessive thoughts around fears of becoming contaminated, contaminating others, or contracting and spreading a disease. These obsessive thoughts drive people to engage in various compulsions aimed at alleviating their anxieties about contamination (e.g., showering for hours or until they feel clean).

Common OCD Fears

Fear of toilets

For people with OCD fear of toilets anything involved with restroom contaminants can become an issue that is hard to manage.

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Fears about needles

Fear of needles in Contamination OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts about coming into contact with a needle that may be contaminated.

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Fear of aging

OCD with a focus on the fear of aging is characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts about aging and the potential difficulties or issues associated with it.

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Fears about drinking water

If you’re experiencing recurring fears about drinking water in general or drinking tap water due to concerns about becoming ill, this can be a sign of Contamination OCD. If you are experiencing fears that you may ingest too much water or not enough, this may also be related to Health OCD fears.

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Fears about drugs

A constant or repetitive fear of drugs can be a sign of OCD, likely falling under the OCD theme of health or contamination fears.

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Fears about urine

OCD with a focus on the fear of urine is characterized by intrusive thoughts or worries about possibly coming into contact with urine.

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Fear of Rain

If you’re experiencing recurring fears about rain such as acid rain, germs in rain, floods, or other dangers, it may be OCD.

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Fears about Harmful Contamination

OCD fears about harmful contamination involve obsessive thoughts of harming others by spreading a contaminant.

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Fear of throwing up

Excessive fears related to vomiting that cause high levels of distress could be a symptom of a Specific Phobia known as “Emetophobia.”

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Fears about Taking Medication

OCD fear of taking medication is characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts/images about adverse reactions to medications.

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Fear of Paralysis

Fear of paralysis in Health Concern OCD causes intrusive, unwanted thoughts and/or images of being paralyzed.

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Why do I always think my food is poisoned?

If you find yourself perpetually concerned that your food has been tainted in some fashion—maybe even poisoned—that may be a sign of OCD.

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I’m afraid of my pencil

If you’re worried about or afraid of using your pencil or being harmed by it, that may be a sign that you have OCD.

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Fear of Allergic Reactions

Fear of allergic reactions in OCD is characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts about the possibility of having an allergic reaction.

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Fear of HIV

OCD fear of HIV is a focus in Contamination/Health OCD where individuals fear they will contract, or may have contracted, the HIV virus.

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Fear of Food Poisoning

Someone with OCD fear of food poisoning may struggle with obsessions related to whether their food has been contaminated or poisoned.

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Fear of Eating Disorder

In OCD, contamination fears can manifest around food and eating, making it difficult to differentiate from a diagnosable eating disorder.

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Fear of Pulmonary Embolism

OCD fear of pulmonary embolism includes intrusive thoughts such as "What if I get a Pulmonary Embolism?" and/or images of suffering one.

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Fear of Ebola

Fear of Ebola OCD involves fears that develop into obsessions about contracting or spreading the Ebola virus.

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Fear of Panic Attack

Panic Attack OCD involves intrusive, recurring, and distressing thoughts related to the fear of experiencing a panic attack.

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Fear of Diabetes

Fear of diabetes can be a specific OCD theme for individuals suffering from health concerns related to developing diabetes.

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Fears about Schizophrenia

Fear of Schizophrenia related OCD involves repetitive, unwanted thoughts or worries about losing your mind or developing Schizophrenia.

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Fear of Cancer

Constant concerns or fears of getting cancer that are affecting your everyday life may be a sign that you have fear of cancer OCD.

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Fear of COVID

Excessive fears and concerns about contracting or spreading COVID can be a sign of COVID related Contamination OCD.

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Fear of Stroke

Fear of having a stroke can be a presentation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health Subtype, where the sufferer’s compulsions are driven by a fear of the specific medical condition or symptoms of strokes.

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Fear of Going Blind

Fear of going blind, Blindness OCD, is when someone has constant fears an illness will lead them to becoming blind or visually impaired.

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Fear of Heart Attack

Fear of Heart Attack OCD is a Health OCD involving fears of the heart malfunctioning that could eventually lead to Heart Attack.

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