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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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About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Washing and cleaning rituals are the most well-known and widely recognized symptom of OCD. People with this type of OCD can be described as perpetually engaged in compulsive acts of decontamination. People who compulsively wash and clean can be divided into two groups: (a) those who are tying to prevent being harmed or spreading harm to others via contamination, and (b) those who feel discomfort or contaminated by specific substances, but are not worried about harm.
The first group of patients are usually worried about coming down with an illness or disease from contamination, which in some cases may involve responsibility for spreading contamination to others. Washing rituals are performed in an attempt to prevent this perceived danger. Individuals in the second group tend to have fewer identifiable obsessions and engage in cleaning compulsions merely to relieve the discomfort associated with feeling dirty. People with this type of OCD typically have very strong disgust reactions.
People with contamination fears will typically engage in excessive washing in order remove dirt and germs, or just to feel clean. This often involves excessive or repeated handwashing. Handwashing may be done in a ritualized manner, where the person cleans each finger individually and sometimes even under each fingernail. It is not uncommon for people with this type of OCD to have hands that are red and chapped, and they may even bleed. Once hands are clean, the person will then carefully turn off the tap with another object, such as the towel or napkin, to avoid recontamination of the hands. Compulsive handwashers may also engage in excessive use of hand sanitizers between trips to the sink.
Excessive or ritualized showering, bathing, toothbrushing, grooming, or toilet routine
Other measures to prevent or remove contact with contaminants (i.e. wear gloves)
People with contamination OCD may spend a lot of time cleaning of household items or other inanimate objects. For example, someone with this type of OCD may wash their shoes, credit cards, cell phone, or other things that may have come into contact with something that may be considered dirty or contaminated.
People with contamination concerns will often go to great lengths to avoid getting dirty. They may avoid touching their shoes by pushing the heel of one shoe down with the other. They may use a sleeve or tissue to open a door knob.