Subtypes of OCD

Violent or Sexual Obsessions

Am I a Monster? An Overview of Common Features, Typical Course, Shame and Treatment of Pedophilia OCD (pOCD)
by Jordan Levy, PhD
Published: Winter 2016

Sexual Orientation Obsessions: How Do I Know I’m Not Really Gay?
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Published: Winter 2007

But I love my Kids!” — Parents Who Think About Harming Their Children
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Published: Winter 2006

Driven To Distraction: “Hit And Run OCD”
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Published: Fall 2015

Violent Obsessions: How I Treat OCD Killer Thoughts
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Published: Summer 2004


Emotional Contamination: A Lesser Known Subtype of OCD
by Carol Hevia, PsyD
Published: Fall 2009

OCD and Contamination
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Published: June 2000

Other Subtypes

Relationship OCD: Is He the Love of My Life or am I Making the Biggest Mistake of my Life?
By Guy Doron, PhD, and Danny Derby, PhD
Published: Fall 2014

When Automatic Bodily Processes Become Conscious: How to Disengage from “Sensorimotor Obsessions”
by David J. Keuler, PhD
Published: Fall 2011

Sudden and Severe Onset OCD: Practical Advice for Practitioners and Parents
Compiled by Michael Jenike, MD, and Susan Boaz
Published: Summer 2011

To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Obsession: Existential and Philosophical OCD
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Published: Fall 2013

Understanding Unhelpful Perfectionism
by Jennifer Kemp, MPsyc
Published: Winter 2019

Perfectionism: Are You Sure it Pays Off?
by Jeff Szymanski, PhD
Published: Spring 2008

Perinatal OCD: What Research Says About Diagnosis and Treatment
by Neha Hudepohl, MD, & Margaret Howard, PhD
Published: Winter 2014

Perinatal OCD: Beyond the Blues
by Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP
Published: Fall 2007