He said: “There are many examples of obsessions, but the most common ones include fear of contamination, fear of causing harm and fear of things not being in order.
“Fear of contamination may lead someone to become obsessed with hand hygiene, general cleanliness and avoiding situations which they might perceive to be high-risk, such as travelling on public transport or visiting a supermarket.
“People with OCD who have a history of excessive hand washing, cleaning and avoiding contamination may well be ‘triggered’ by news of a viral outbreak such as coronavirus.
“The compulsion to wash or clean is likely to intensify, and for those who have successfully recovered from these compulsions, symptoms may return and presentations might deteriorate again.”
Published at Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:22:00 +0000