Harm-Related OCD | Debra Kissen

February 24, 2015 3:37 PM

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Harm-Related OCD | Debra Kissen

Without exception, every client I have seen who has sought treatment for this has been conscientious, kind and loving. These are people I would trust as babysitters, teachers and caretakers. The sad irony is that those who meet criteria for harm-related OCD often view themselves as depraved monsters who would be rejected from society if anyone knew of their intrusive thoughts.

People experiencing harm-related OCD often begin treatment with the unspoken belief that having a disturbing thought is as bad as engaging in a disturbing behavior. They have spent a lifetime trying desperately to not have their intrusive thoughts. Their extreme discomfort with intrusive thoughts ki...

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