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10 Signs You May Have OCD

When do personality quirks cross the line into obsessive-compulsive disorder?
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Unwanted sexual thoughts

Just like violent thoughts, recurring unwanted thoughts about inappropriate or taboo sexual behavior frequently occur in OCD. Patients may imagine for an instant that they are going to grope their coworker or molest a child, or wonder if they are gay instead of straight (or vice versa).

When to seek help: "Most people can say, 'Oh, I don't really want to do that or it doesn't represent who I am as a person,'" Szymanski says. "But someone with OCD thinks, 'These thoughts are terrible, no one else has them, what do they mean about me.'" Changing your behavior as a result of these thoughts—avoiding gay friends or a coworker you've thought about sexually, for instance—is another red flag.

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