Treating Sensorimotor OCD (AKA Somatic OCD)

Sensorimotor OCD (also known as Somatically Focused OCD) refers to cases in which people become hyperaware of their bodily sensations, such as their breathing, swallowing, or heartbeat.  While this might not sound so bad to someone who hasn’t experienced it, it can be profoundly distressing. Like with Pure O, the key to treating Sensorimotor OCD […]

How to Stop Paying Attention

As discussed here, directing attention is a controllable mental process, and as discussed here, directing attention is part of our definition of rumination.  Sometimes people feel like they can’t stop paying attention to something; this is especially a problem for people with sensorimotor OCD. The key to solving this problem is differentiating between something being […]

Treating Two Types of Contamination OCD

This article discusses two types of Contamination OCD.  As discussed below, some contamination cases may reflect aspects of both types. Type 1 In the first type, the person is afraid of contamination because they are afraid that the contamination could cause something else bad to happen that could have permanent emotional consequences.  An example of this would […]