Expert Help for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Behavioral Wellness Clinic
6-D Ledgebrook Drive
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Office: (860) 830-7838

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Director

Offering expert treatment for all types of OCD, including sexual obsesions. Our OCD treatment program is typically 20 sessions. We offer twice-weekly sessions and intensive programs. Intensive program can be in person or combined with Skype. State of the art medication management is also an option. Low cost options available. [More.]

Sexual Thoughts in OCD

Sexuality Concerns in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have sexual obsessions, or unwanted sexual thoughts. This may include sexual orientation fears, which is sometimes referred to as sexual orientation OCD (SO-OCD) or HOCD. Theses are not the same as fantasies or being homophobic.

Sexual thoughts in OCD may include the following:

  • the obsessive fear of being or becoming LGBTQ
  • intrusive, unwanted mental images of upsetting sexual behaviors
  • the fear that one may become a pedophile
  • the fear of becoming sexually aggressive

The Worst Kind of OCD

Although people with OCD may obsess over any number of concerns, one of the most upsetting types of OCD involves worries about causing sexual harm to a child, sometimes called pedophile OCD or POCD. Although this type of OCD typically receives little attention from the media, the Power to Change recently aired the story of a man whose POCD was so severe he contemplated suicide before he was treated by Dr. Monnica Williams. Hear his story online and learn about OCD treatments from Dr. L. Kevin Chapman. Read his story or watch it now.

OCD Therapy Going Nowhere?

Although any medical doctor can take your blood pressure, only a few can do heart surgery. Likewise, any therapist can help someone who is feeling a bit blue, but only a few can effectively treat OCD. OCD treatment is a type of therapy that requires a specialized protocol called Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP or EX/RP). Learn about the Top Mistakes Made by OCD Therapists.

Top Seven Myths About OCD

One stereotype is that people with OCD are neat and tidy to a fault. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Although many people with OCD wash because they are concerned about dirt and germs, being tidy is actually not a typical symptom of the disorder. Almost two-thirds of people with OCD are also hoarders... Learn more about the Top Myths about OCD.

Take The OCD Self Test

The OCI-R is a short, reliable, scientific test of common obsessive-compulsive symptoms. This measure was developed by OCD experts. Take our OCD Self Test.

About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Miscellaneous Obsessions

  • Need to know or remember (e.g. if hears part of some information, the person needs to hear the rest)
  • Fear of saying certain things
  • Fear of not saying just the right thing (e.g. need to be perfectly understood)
  • Fear of losing things
  • Lucky and/or unlucky numbers (i.e. that 4 is good and 13 is bad)
  • Colors with special significance (i.e. red is bad because of the devil, etc.)
  • Superstitious fears (e.g. can't step on a crack)
  • Fear that one already has terrible illness or disease

Unusual Obsessions

  • Excessive concern with body part of aspect of appearance (not weight related)
  • Bothered by certain sounds or noises
  • Intrusive (non-violent) images (i.e. cartoons, faces, clouds)
  • Intrusive nonsense sounds, words, or music
  • Losing one's personality or positive qualities
  • Fear of vomiting (emetophobia)

Unusual Worries in OCD

Cell Phone Icons Jiggle

One client came into treatment due to intense anxiety when seeing the icons on his iPhone "jiggle." He had the sudden thought that the icons were trying to escape from his phone. This happened to him more than once, and each time the client had a surge of panic. He also had the thought that the icons were watching him or looking at him in some way. After the first incident, he also became reactive and anxious upon seeing other clusters of objects, such as the buttons on his TV remote and the holes in blue cheese. Remotes with the highest contrast between buttons and background made him the most anxious.