Existential obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a subtype of OCD characterized by ongoing intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors related to a preoccupation with philosophical questions about life and existence. Anyone can be curious about the nature of reality, but for people with existential OCD, these thoughts are not primarily a source of curiosity or interest but rather intense anxiety.
Fear of death: Is it OCD, thanatophobia, or something else?
Is fear of death OCD, thanatophobia or something else? Learn about the differences, treatment options, and gain a personal perspective.Learn more
Fears about being adopted in OCD
Fears about being adopted and persistent distressing doubts about one’s origin of birth in OCD are related to the subtype of Existential OCD.Learn more
Fear of depersonalization
People with OCD may fear that a wide range of unusual or uncomfortable sensations are a sign of depersonalizationLearn more
Fears about reincarnation
People with OCD fear of reincarnation experience obsessions related to reincarnation and the possibility of prior lives.Learn more
Fears related to dreams
People with fear of dreaming (Dream OCD) experience obsessions about the content, meaning, or importance of their dreams.Learn more
Fears about the afterlife
People with OCD fear of afterlife experience obsessions and compulsions related to what happens to us after we die.Learn more