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What are examples of obsessive thoughts?

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Obsessive thoughts can include:

  • Fear of germs or getting dirty
  • Worries about getting hurt or others being hurt
  • Need for things to be placed in an exact order
  • Belief that certain numbers or colors are “good” or “bad”
  • Constant awareness of blinking, breathing, or other body sensations
  • Unfounded suspicion that a partner is unfaithful

From: What is OCD? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 2/12/2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: When unwanted thoughts or irresistible actions take over” and “Obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Symptoms & Causes;” “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Diagnosis & treatment;” and “Cognitive behavioral therapy.” 

American Psychiatric Association: “What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?”

International OCD Foundation: “What is OCD?”  

NYU Langone Child Study Center: “Habit reversal therapy: An approach to managing repetitive behavior disorders.”

OCD-UK: “The Different Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: When unwanted thoughts or irresistible actions take over” and “Obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Symptoms & Causes;” “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Diagnosis & treatment;” and “Cognitive behavioral therapy.” 

American Psychiatric Association: “What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?”

International OCD Foundation: “What is OCD?”  

NYU Langone Child Study Center: “Habit reversal therapy: An approach to managing repetitive behavior disorders.”

OCD-UK: “The Different Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

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