10 Signs You May Have OCD

When do personality quirks cross the line into obsessive-compulsive disorder?
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Fears of violence

Everybody has fleeting thoughts about the possibility of being affected by violence or other misfortunes. The more we try to avoid thoughts like this, the more they pop into our heads, research shows—and this appears to be especially true for people with OCD. They "could be trying harder to suppress these thoughts," Szymanski says, "or they may react more intensely to them because they deem them as unacceptable."

When to seek help: It's important to recognize that we all have occasional dark thoughts, Szymanski says. But it could be a sign of OCD if thoughts of getting mugged make you avoid the park, for example, or if concern for your mother's safety spurs you to call her several times a day.

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