8 Types of Obsessions In Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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3 min readDec 13, 2022
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The nature of obsessions in OCD people can be different from one person to another, however, there are some common elements among OCD sufferers. For instance,

1) Contamination

The obsession with contamination can be with dirt, germs, bodily fluids, disease, environmental contaminants, or chemicals.

2) Harm

People who are obsessed with causing damage may be terrified of doing it purposefully, unconsciously, or both. They may also be scared of doing it to others or themselves.

Those with OCD who have obsessions about doing damage don’t always worry about doing it on purpose. Rather, they can be terrified of carelessly hurting someone, which could result in controlling impulses.

3) Unwanted Sexual Thoughts

Individuals with OCD may have invasive, unwanted, inappropriate, or deviant sexual ideas. These obsessions might manifest as visions or urges related to homosexuality, child sex, incest, rape, or aggressive sexual behaviour.

4) Religiosity/Scrupulosity

Obsessive thoughts, fears, or concerns regarding moral judgment and behaviour are common among OCD…




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