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Intrusive Thoughts and OCD

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For the last few months, I’ve had constant sexual intrusive thoughts and they have been driving me crazy. They’ve caused me so much anxiety and I started seeing a therapist about a lot of the issues that I’ve struggled with. It’s helped me get through a lot of the anxiety and the thoughts have stopped. I would never act on my impulses and I made an appointment with my doctor for a week from today and I’ve been thinking about starting a medication for my anxiety. What causes OCD and these types of thoughts to occur?

Intrusive Thoughts and OCD

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This is a good question about OCD. I think you doing all the right things by getting a consultation from your doctor. I believe that medicine can help, but you may also want to seek some therapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that can help with these kinds of intrusive thoughts. Since you are in college you have access to free or very low cost counseling through the University Health Center, I would highly recommend supplementing your medical consultation with that of a therapist.

Here’s a link¬†for more¬†information about OCD.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Intrusive Thoughts and OCD

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Intrusive Thoughts and OCD. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/07/21/intrusive-thoughts-and-ocd-2/
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