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OCD: Dealing with Compulsions During the Coronavirus Pandemic


About one in 50 people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, repeatedly washing their hands or worrying that they’ve touched something or someone they shouldn’t have. It’s behavior that may be exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, clinical trials are looking at new treatments and therapies to bring these deep-seated compulsions under control.

Obsessively checking things, hoarding items, extreme fear of germs … symptoms of OCD. OCD sufferers want to stop, but find it difficult, if not impossible to do so.

“For many folks, that level of distress is so intense that it motivates them to ...