Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) manifests in various forms, and one topic that often remains shrouded in silence and stigma revolves around taboo obsessions. Taboo obsessions are very common and can encompass a wide range of themes including violence, religious fears, pedophilia, incest, self-harm, suicide, sexual orientation, and more. It is not uncommon for individuals experiencing this to describe feeling afraid of their own brain because it is producing unwanted sexual or violent thoughts about loved ones, animals, dead bodies, etc. These horrifying thoughts are intrusive in nature, meaning they are unwanted, disturbing, and causing distress to the individual.
Individuals experiencing taboo obsessions are tormented by thoughts that are contrary to their true intentions and values. They are no more likely to act on these thoughts than the general population. In fact, the taboo thoughts often centre around fears that are in direct conflict with a person’s values or morals. The content of the thoughts is not a reflection of a person’s character or their desires.
By shedding light on taboo obsessions, and recognizing that this is a common OCD experience, we can contribute to a more supportive and compassionate community. Breaking the silence surrounding taboo themes in OCD can empower people to seek help and foster a safe space where mental health is understood, accepted, and prioritized.
If you’re struggling with taboo intrusive thoughts, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Specialized treatment can provide effective strategies for managing and coping with taboo-themed OCD symptoms. Please contact us for a free consultation if you are seeking a safe place to feel understood and supported while receiving the most effective treatment for OCD- Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP).