Living with the constant threat of COVID-19 can make anyone feel a little obsessive-compulsive. We wear face masks in grocery stores, use hand sanitizer after touching anything in public and try to keep at least 6 feet away from other people. We’re online all the time for work, school and social connections. Six months ago, those behaviors would have raised eyebrows. Today, it’s a sign you care about your health – and the health of those around you.

So, where is the line between protective behavior in a pandemic and obsessive-compulsive disorder? Wayne State University psychiatrist David Rosenberg and therapist Roen Chiriboga break down the differences and the changing views of what’s normal.

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