What are common 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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Common obsessions include the following:

  • Contamination

  • Safety

  • Doubting one's memory or perception

  • Scrupulosity (need to do the right thing, fear of committing a transgression, often religious)

  • Need for order or symmetry

  • Unwanted, intrusive sexual/aggressive thought

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