Types of OCD

OCD can be divided into several categories. Intrusive thoughts fall under what Abramowitz et al (2010) called taboo categories.

  • contamination
  • symmetry/incompleteness
  • responsibility for harm
  • intrusive taboo thoughts

    Types of intrusive thoughts

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    1. Abramowitz JS, Deacon BJ, Olatunji BO, Wheaton MG, Berman NC, Losardo D, Timpano KR, McGrath PB, Riemann BC, Adams T, Björgvinsson T, Storch EA, Hale LR. Assessment of obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions: development and evaluation of the Dimensional Obsessive-Compulsive Scale. Psychol Assess. 2010 Mar;22(1):180-98. https://doi: 10.1037/a0018260. PMID: 20230164.