Common Obsessions in OCD

  • Contamination—body fluids, germs/disease, environmental contaminants, chemicals, dirt
  • Fear of being responsible for something terrible happening because of not being careful enough—dropping something on the ground that someone might slip on and hurt themselves
  • Religious obsessions (also called scrupulosity)—concern with offending God or blasphemy
  • Perfectionism—concern about evenness or exactness
  • Hoarding—unable to decide whether to keep or to discard things
  • Losing control— fear of acting on an impulse to harm others
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts—acting on forbidden or perverse sexual thoughts or images
  • Concern with getting a physical illness or disease
  • Superstitious ideas about lucky/unlucky numbers, certain colors
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