They often involve themes of violence, death, murder, self-harm, and suicide.
Obsessions involving death are also sometimes referred to as “morbid obsessions.” Much like sexual obsessions, violent obsessions can be a debilitating symptom of OCD because they can “pop in” at any time and in any place.
This is the daily reality for many adults, teens, and children who experience harm obsessions, also known as violent obsessions, a type of OCD symptom that involves unwanted, repetitive violent thoughts, impulses, or images.
Harm obsessions are typically shocking, distressing, and disturbing, and they may occur thousands of times every day.
Alternatively, picture yourself as a young child who is intensely afraid of playing with your new puppy…not because you’re afraid of dogs but because you are afraid that if you touch it, you might lose control and snap its neck.
After all, why would the thought keep coming if it didn’t mean something?
Because avoidance and neutralization perpetuate OCD, without treatment, symptoms tend to escalate and become more out-of-control over time.
People in relationships who constantly question whether their partner loves them, or whether they've found Mr. Right, may have a condition known as relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Now, a new study finds that, perhaps not surprisingly, people with these symptoms may be less satisfied with their sex lives than those who don't have this condition.
They may also become fearful of being alone or being bored and may go to great lengths to keep themselves busy, because their unwanted thoughts may frequently occur during periods of downtime or relaxation.
Consequently, many individuals with harm obsessions feel that they can never really relax.