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Common Harm OCD Obsessions

By Debra Kissen

Harm OCD: Tips & Resources to Help Move You Past Intrusive Thought OCD

Debra Kissen, Ph.D, M.H.S.A
Ashley Kendall, Ph.D 
Michelle Lozano, AMFT 

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Common Harm OCD Obsessions

There is always the moment, when treating a client for OCD, when we hand them the checklist of the most common obsessions, a look of relief and release of tension can be immediately seen. They state something like, “I can’t believe that others have these same disturbing thoughts and that they are so common that they are on a standard checklist.” 

We are glad to be able to provide you with this same moment of relief as you realize just how unoriginal and run of the mill your most shocking intrusive thoughts are:

I’m going to lose control and harm myself
I’m going to lose control and harm my loved ones
I’m going to lose control and cheat on my partner
I’m going to lose control and say (or write) something inappropriate
I am going to lose control and act out sexually in a way not in line with my self identity or values

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Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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