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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Common Subtypes of OCD

OCD can manifest in hundreds of unique ways.

Here are some of the most common themes, although this is not an exhaustive list:

People suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often have the following symptoms:

  • Constant feelings of anxiety, panic, worry, fear, or disgust

  • High levels of uncertainty, anticipation, and dread

  • Feeling “stuck” in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

  • Feeling like the brain is "broken” and that something is wrong with them

  • Lack of motivation to engage in daily activities - even things that they used to enjoy

  • Extreme difficulty with attempting to stop compulsive behaviors, despite desperately wanting to stop

  • Feelings of shame and frustration with the self for being stuck in these tortuous patterns and cycles

  • Some people question their diagnosis of OCD and worry, “What if my thoughts are true?”

  • Many people with OCD also suffer from depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism, and significant self-criticism

"Just Right" OCD

Obsessions and compulsions relating to organization, perfection, or an unexplainable "just right" feeling

Contamination OCD

Fixations on cleanliness and extreme fear of germs, sickness, and contagion

Symmetry OCD

Extreme discomfort with asymmetry and an intense need for balance and evenness

Sexual Orientation OCD

Obsessions about one's sexual orientation, usually with frequent checking and reassurance

Gender Identity OCD

Obsessions about one's own gender identity, with extreme anxiety when feeling uncertain about it

Relationship OCD

Intrusive thoughts, compulsions, and constant questioning of a romantic relationship

Harm OCD

Intrusive and disturbing thoughts about harming other people or animals

Self-Harm and Suicidal OCD

Unwanted and terrifying thoughts and images about harming or killing oneself


Intrusive thoughts about being sexually attracted to children


Religious and moral obsessions, often involving purity rituals and seeking reassurance from others

Mental Contamination OCD

Obsessions about coming into contact with something deemed emotionally dirty, bad, or wrong

Existential OCD

Agonizing over unanswerable philosophical questions, including the nature of life death


Obsessions about one's own OCD symptoms, treatment, and whether they even have OCD

Somatic OCD

Obsessions about autonomic body processes and functions, like breathing or  digesting food

False Memory OCD

Distressing urges to internally "prove" whether a certain memory actually happened

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