As is often the case in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy, this week there has been an explosion of misinformation in the blogosphere. Because of the tragic school shootings in Connecticut, we’ve seen increased discussions about both gun control and mental health issues. One such post Continue reading
This category of obsessional thoughts might very well be slightly mislabeled. Scrupulosity is probably the more general term, and could be the more appropriate heading. It includes both kinds of worries in this category, religious and otherwise.
“Concerned with sacrilege and blasphemy” includes Continue reading
Hoarding/saving obsessions are thoughts about the need to save certain things. This category does not include the actual saving of the items, nor the failure to discard items, as this item involves only the thoughts behind the actions. In this case, the word “save” can mean either “retain” or “keep safe from harm”. Thoughts about retaining items Continue reading
When dealing with obsessions in the sexual realm, it is very important to remember that these are thoughts that are frightening to have, and not wishes or desires. Often, people with these thoughts are afraid to mention them to their treatment providers, for fear that they will be misunderstood as Continue reading
Thoughts in this group traditionally include fears that one might become contaminated by germs, dirt, chemicals or other things that one views as dangerous or noxious. Most contamination concerns have some overlap Continue reading