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Monnica T. Williams

and Chad T. Wetterneck

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190624798.003.0001
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date: 19 August 2019

Sexual obsessions are perhaps the least understood manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and include worries about sexual orientation, infidelity, sexual deviations, incest, pregnancy, and blasphemous thoughts. Although about 25% of those with OCD are believed to have symptoms with sexual themes (S-OCD), mental health professionals have difficulty making a proper diagnosis. Few clinicians know how to treat this form of OCD, and there are very few materials available to guide clinicians. Treatment using cognitive-behavioral principles is sometimes unconventional, and few therapists receive training in how to address S-OCD their academic programs. Even well-educated psychology students and practicing therapists have stigmatizing attitudes toward sexual obsessions compared to other types of OCD content. This manual takes the best cognitive-behavior therapy strategies for the treatment of OCD, and illustrates how to apply them to clients with S-OCD. It contains direct written step-by-step instructions for therapists as well as educational handouts and diagrams for clients to promote learning.

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