Obsessions are obsessive thoughts about some topic or issue that become a mental health issue. They are often intrusive thoughts or recurring thoughts. Examples include concerns about hygiene (germs) or anxiety about various issues. Obsessions are often related to “compulsions” which is the obsessive need to perform such actions. The ...

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Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety. Common symptoms include:

  • Fear of germs or contamination
  • Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm
  • Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
  • Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order

Source: NIMH (NIH)1 ...

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Causes of obsessive thoughts include:

  • Normal thoughts. Everyone is interested in different things. Being focused on your children, your passion, your hobby, or career, or whatever, isn’t necessarily any type of disorder. Similarly, any thoughts of anxiety or fear ...
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Diagnosis of Obsessions

Getting help: It's important to get help if you think you have OCD and it's having a significant impact on your life. If you think a friend or family member may have OCD, try talking to them about your concerns ...2

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Causes List for Obsessions

Possible causes of Obsessions (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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Clinical Features of Obsessions

Obsessive thoughts Almost everyone has unpleasant or unwanted thoughts at some point, such as thinking they may have forgotten to lock the door of the house, or even sudden unwelcome violent or offensive mental images. But if you have a ...4

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  1. Source: NIMH (NIH): nimh.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/ index.shtml
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/ symptoms/ 
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/ symptoms/ 

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