What are the DSM-5 criteria for obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Obsessions are defined in the DSM-5 by (1) and (2) as follows: [3]

  • Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance as intrusive and inappropriate, and that cause marked anxiety and distress.

  • The person attempts to suppress or ignore such thoughts, impulses, or images or to neutralize them with some other thought or action.

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