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 […]

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 […]

Mark’s Gay and That’s It: A response to Mark-Ameen Johnson’s article about HOCD

If you are an HOCD sufferer, you’ve almost certainly read an article called “I’m Gay and You’re Not: Understanding Homosexuality Fears” by Mark-Ameen Johnson, a gay man with a history of OCD. The purpose of the present article is to explain why that article is both misguided and potentially harmful to HOCD sufferers, and to […]