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Harm/Violent OCD

Harm OCD is a common subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that causes intrusive unwanted thoughts, images or urges to harm oneself or others. Thoughts of harm should always be taken seriously, which can make symptoms of harm OCD especially frightening. People with harm OCD are not more likely to harm themselves or others than people with other OCD subtypes. However, they may view their intrusive and unwanted thoughts as an indication of a desire to act. This fuels their anxiety and drives them to engage in various compulsions aimed at eliminating this fear (e.g., removing all sharp objects from their kitchen).

Common OCD Fears

Fears about saying the wrong thing

Repetitive fear about saying the wrong thing may be a sign of OCD, in which a person obsessively worries about saying something inappropriate.

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Fears about Drowning

Drowning fears, characterized by the concern that the individual themselves or others might drown, may be a sign of Harm themes in OCD.

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Fears about being a rapist

OCD focused on the fear of rape involves repeated intrusive, obsessive thoughts involving rape that cause intense anxiety or distress.

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Fear of Rain

If you’re experiencing recurring fears about rain such as acid rain, germs in rain, floods, or other dangers, it may be OCD.

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Fears about Harmful Contamination

OCD fears about harmful contamination involve obsessive thoughts of harming others by spreading a contaminant.

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What if I’m really a child predator?

If you’re experiencing recurrent intrusive thoughts involving a worry or fear that you could be a child predator, it may be a sign of OCD.

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I’m afraid of drowning my baby in the bath

If you’re worried or have fears about drowning your baby in the bath, it may be a sign that you have OCD.

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I’m afraid of my pencil

If you’re worried about or afraid of using your pencil or being harmed by it, that may be a sign that you have OCD.

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I can’t stop thinking about molesting a child family member

If you're experiencing thoughts about molesting a child family member, it may be a sign that you have OCD.

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What if I assaulted a child in the past?

If you’re experiencing intrusive thoughts about the idea that you may have harmed kids in the past, it may be a sign that you have Harm OCD

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Fear of Becoming a Serial Killer

Harm OCD can include fear of becoming a serial killer or having a serial killer “personality” that leads to killing people.

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Fear of Spouse Harm

People with fear of spouse harm related OCD often experience recurrent and unwanted fears of harming their spouse or partner.

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Fears about burns

OCD focused on the fear of being burned is categorized by obsessions surrounding the idea of burning oneself or someone else.

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Fear of Theft

Fear of theft in OCD is unwanted, intrusive thoughts about having items stolen, or worries about becoming a burglar and stealing from others.

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Fear of Car Accidents

Fear of car accidents (Car Crash OCD) involves the fear of being in a car accident, whether caused by oneself or someone else.

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Fear of Plane Crash

Plane Crash OCD involves intrusive, distressing and unwanted thoughts or images related to oneself or a loved one experiencing a plane crash. It is often triggered when someone is traveling by plane, preparing to travel by plane, or when a loved one is traveling or preparing to travel by plane.

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Fear of being Racist

In Racism OCD people experience intrusive and unwanted thoughts or fear of being racist or being perceived as racist.

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Fear of Mass Murder

With OCD fear of mass murder, people can have intrusive fears that they might lose control and commit mass murder.

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Fear of Cannibalism

Fear of Cannibalism OCD involves intrusive thoughts, images, urges about eating your own flesh or that of other people, or a desire to do so.

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Fear of Impulsive Violence

Fear of compulsive violence is within the subtype of Harm OCD and includes fears of committing an impulsive violent act.

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Fear of Fire

Fear of Fire OCD involves unwanted thoughts including either accidentally or purposely causing harm with fire.

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Fear of Harming Siblings

Fear of harming siblings OCD includes intrusive thoughts/images about being aggressive or violent towards a sibling.

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OCD Fear of Harming

Baby harm themes in Harm OCD involve repetitive intrusive thoughts involving intentional or accidental harm to one’s own child, another young child, or babies and vulnerable children in general.

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Fear of Self-Harm

Self-Harm OCD fear can cause a person to experience intrusive & unwanted thoughts, images or urges of causing harm to others or themselves.

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Fear of Suicide

Fear of suicide OCD themes in Harm OCD involve unwanted, intrusive, fearful thoughts about committing suicide.

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Fear of Hit and Run

Fear of Hit and Run in OCD is characterized by unwanted thoughts or doubts about hitting a person or animal with your car and not remembering.

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What if I’m sexually stimulated by breastfeeding my child

If you’re worried about becoming sexually stimulated by breastfeeding your child, it may be a sign that you are suffering from Postpartum OCD.

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I get a tingling sensation in my groin when I’m around my newborn

If you’re worried about getting a tingling sensation in your groin when around your newborn, it may be one of the Postpartum OCD signs.

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