What are the most common obsessions with OCD?

Dr. Wayne K. Goodman, MD
Psychiatrist (Therapist)
Unwanted obsessions are at the root of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In this WisePatient video, psychiatrist Wayne Goodman, MD, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, describes the most common hallmarks of OCD, including worries about germs.

Obsessions are thoughts that don’t go away. People with OCD worry about lots of different things. Common obsessions include worrying about germs making them sick, worrying about something bad happening to them or someone they care about, or even that they might hurt someone or do something bad.

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