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What is emotional contamination OCD? Signs to know


Published on Feb 05, 2024 04:24 PM IST

  • This type of OCD is categorised by the fear of getting contaminated after coming in contact with a person or an object or a place.

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Published on Feb 05, 2024 04:24 PM IST

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is a disorder in which people have recurring behavioural patterns, obsessive thoughts and the urge to perform repetitions. Emotional contamination OCD refers to a sub-type of OCD where a person feels that coming in contact with a certain place or object or person will make them contaminated. Therapist Maythal Eshaghian noted down a few signs of Emotional Contamination OCD.(Unsplash)

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In this disorder, the person often starts to engage in ritualistic behavioural patterns as a way of cleansing them after feeling contaminated. (Unsplash)
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Published on Feb 05, 2024 04:24 PM IST

In this disorder, the person often starts to engage in ritualistic behavioural patterns as a way of cleansing them after feeling contaminated. (Unsplash)

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The sufferers also believe that certain thoughts and actions can lead to possible harm for themselves as well as others. (Unsplash)
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Published on Feb 05, 2024 04:24 PM IST

The sufferers also believe that certain thoughts and actions can lead to possible harm for themselves as well as others. (Unsplash)

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They believe that coming in contact with others can make them derive the negative traits of personalities from them. (Unsplash)
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They believe that coming in contact with others can make them derive the negative traits of personalities from them. (Unsplash)

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They also try to stay away from certain geographical locations, such as cemeteries, as they believe that they will get contaminated. (Unsplash)
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They also try to stay away from certain geographical locations, such as cemeteries, as they believe that they will get contaminated. (Unsplash)

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In this type of OCD, Exposure and Response prevention (ERP) teaches them to disengage from their thoughts and confront and challenge their fears. (Unsplash)
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In this type of OCD, Exposure and Response prevention (ERP) teaches them to disengage from their thoughts and confront and challenge their fears. (Unsplash)



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