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10 Top Myths About OCD

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MYTH: Obsessions and Compulsions are the Same Thing.


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MYTH: People with OCD Wash Their Hands or Check the Stove All Day


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MYTH: OCD Patients Believe Their Compulsive Behaviors are Necessary


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MYTH: Other People Don't Have These "Crazy" Thoughts


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MYTH: You Can Stop Obsessions If You Try Hard Enough


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MYTH: Having OCD Says Something About You as a Person


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MYTH: Taking a Relaxing Vacation Will Ease OCD Symptoms.


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MYTH: People with OCD are Type-A Perfectionists.


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MYTH: OCD Can Strike at Any Time


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MYTH: You Can Manage OCD on Your Own


Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a journalist specializing in wellness and lifestyle. She contributes to Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Bottom Line Inc., Parents, Newsday, The Knot, and many other top-tier brands. A long walk with her chiweenie, Pickles, is her go-to mood refresher. Her favorite quote is by philosopher Desiderius Erasmus: “Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”