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Sexual Thoughts in OCD
Sexuality Concerns in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have sexual obsessions, or unwanted sexual thoughts. This may include sexual orientation fears, which is sometimes referred to as sexual orientation OCD (SO-OCD) or HOCD. Theses are not the same as fantasies or being homophobic.
Sexual thoughts in OCD may include the following:
- the obsessive fear of being or becoming LGBTQ
- intrusive, unwanted mental images of upsetting sexual behaviors
- the fear that one may become a pedophile
- the fear of becoming sexually aggressive
If you have unwanted sexual thoughts, please contact us to participate in a study so that we can learn more about this issue.
The Worst Kind of OCD
Although people with OCD may obsess over any number of concerns, one of the most upsetting types of OCD involves worries about causing sexual harm to a child, sometimes called pedophile OCD or POCD. Although this type of OCD typically receives little attention from the media, the Power to Change recently aired the story of a man whose POCD was so severe he contemplated suicide before he was treated by Dr. Monnica Williams. Hear his story online and learn about OCD treatments from Dr. L. Kevin Chapman. Read his story or watch it now.
OCD Therapy Going Nowhere?
Although any medical doctor can take your blood pressure, only a few can do heart surgery. Likewise, any therapist can help someone who is feeling a bit blue, but only a few can effectively treat OCD. OCD treatment is a type of therapy that requires a specialized protocol called Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP or EX/RP). Learn about the Top Mistakes Made by OCD Therapists.
Top Seven Myths About OCD
One stereotype is that people with OCD are neat and tidy to a fault. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Although many people with OCD wash because they are concerned about dirt and germs, being tidy is actually not a typical symptom of the disorder. Almost two-thirds of people with OCD are also hoarders... Learn more about the Top Myths about OCD.
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The OCI-R is a short, reliable, scientific test of common obsessive-compulsive symptoms. This measure was developed by OCD experts. Take our OCD Self Test.
About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Ordering & Arranaging
People with OCD who tend to be primarily preoccupied with order and exactness tend to engage in compulsive behaviors that include repetitive arranging, organizing or lining up of objects until certain conditions are met or the end result feels "just right." These individuals are commonly referred to as perfectionists due to their need to arrange and order with such exactness and precision.
Arranging in the "Correct" Way
When objects are not set up in the "correct" way, these individuals often report a feeling of discomfort and incompleteness. For example, a patient may get very anxious if the books and papers on his desk are not symmetrically aligned or set a certain distance from one another.
Patients may feel they need to arrange objects a certain number of times before they are satisfied. They may also incorporate special patterns into their routine while ordering. Some patients may also engage in mental ordering and counting.
Since belongings of these individuals must be set in specific places and positions, suffers may be slow to get through everyday tasks, such as setting the table or tidying the house. The may also become distressed or enraged if others move their things.
Other Related Compulsions
People with this sort of OCD may write letters over and over again until they look right or may meticulously line up the shoes in their closet so that they form one continuous straight row. Individuals with this type of OCD may also engage in counting, tapping, and touching behaviors.