Support Group for Sexual and Violent Obsessions

Sexual and violent obsessions in OCD are common but frequently unrecognized or misunderstood. 17% of treatment-seeking patients with OCD have sexual obsessions, which may include worries about sexual orientation, being a pedophile, or acting out sexually. Violent obsessions can be about directly harming oneself or others. Research indicates these obsessions lead to greater distress, more difficulty locating effective treatment and getting properly diagnosed, and more time required to obtain effective results. This support group is focused on helping people understand their symptoms, distinguish between obsessions and mental compulsions, and identify effective exposures to combat symptoms. Participants may also discuss their experiences of stigma, shame, and rejection surrounding their symptoms in a supportive environment.



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